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Third wave on the decline? Delhi Reports Weekly Case Drop | India News

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In what could be an early sign that Delhi’s third wave of Covid is now waning, the capital reported a drop in new cases last week, reversing a five-week trend of rising infections.
Delhi recorded 44,458 cases for the week (Nov. 15-22), which remains the highest in the country for the third week in a row, but down from 46,876 the week before. While the fall brings some joy to the capital, which has seen a steady increase in weekly cases from October 4-11, it remains to be seen if the trend continues this week, when the impact of the festivals (Diwali and Bhai Dooj) will begin to be felt.
Covid-related deaths, however, rose dramatically in the capital with 777 deaths last week, up from 625 in the previous seven days. With this, Delhi recorded the highest deaths in the country last week, a first for the city.
Kerala recorded the second highest number of cases (37,697) last week, but the state count continued to fall for the sixth consecutive week. Maharashtra, on the other hand, saw an increase in cases, breaking a trend of decreasing numbers that had continued for at least seven weeks. The state added 32,966 cases, the third highest in the country in the week of November 15-22, compared to 27,384 registered the previous week. The state, however, continued to report a steady drop in deaths. Maharashtra recorded 649 deaths in the week, a decrease from 734 in the previous week and 1,216 in the previous week.
In percentage terms, among the large states, Madhya Pradesh saw the largest increase in cases between last week and the previous week, with a 39% increase in infections. Cases increased from 6,568 the previous week (Nov. 8-15) to 9,117 last week. Chhattisgarh showed a 34% increase in cases, followed by Rajasthan (25%), Maharashtra (20.4%) and Gujarat (19.6%).
Among the smaller states / TUs, Nagaland saw a 117% increase in cases, followed by Meghalaya (46%), Chandigarh (36%), and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands (21%).
Andhra Pradesh saw the steepest drop in cases between the two weeks at -26%, followed closely by Odisha (-25%), Jharkhand (-23%), Karnataka (-23%) and Tamil Nadu (-18% ).
Meanwhile, there were 37,566 new cases in the country on Monday, the highest count on a Monday in five weeks, according to TOI data based on figures from state governments. Cases tend to drop drastically on Mondays due to decreased testing and a shortage of staff over the weekend. Last Monday, two days after Diwali, only 28,574 new infections were recorded.
The day’s death toll dropped to 481 despite Delhi reporting 121 deaths, mostly thanks to a major drop in deaths in Maharashtra. The state reported 30 deaths in the past 24 hours, its lowest number in a single day in 205 days.

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