The downward trend in India’s daily coronavirus cases continues, as the country recorded less than 70,000 new COVID-19 cases for the first time since September 1.
With 66,732 patients testing positive for coronavirus in 24 hours, the country’s Covid tally crossed the 71.2-lakh mark, showed data shared by the Health Ministry.
Though India has added 10 lakh cases in the last two weeks, the country’s 24-hour figures have come down to an average of 72,000 to 74,000 from the earlier 90,000-plus figure.
For the first time in almost three months (83 days to be precise), fresh cases in Tamilnadu dropped below the 5,000 mark on Monday when the State recorded 4,879 cases, which took the case tally to 6,61,264 cases.
It was on 21 July that the state recorded a daily case count of less than 5,000. On that day, the new infections were 4,965 and the next day the daily cases crossed the 5,000 mark.
Though most states showed a huge dip in fresh cases, the situation continued to be alarming in Karnataka, Kerala and Bengal which are yet to see a slowdown in the spread of the virus. Karnataka recorded 7,606 fresh cases which was higher than 7,089 cases registered by Maharashtra. This is the first time in many months that any state has recorded more cases in a day than Maharashtra.
Covid-19 claimed the lives of two Ministers — one from Bihar and the other from Nagaland — on Monday, taking the number of legislators who died of the infection and its related complications to 19. While senior Nagaland minister CM Chang died of the virus at a hospital in Kohima, Bihar cabinet minister Binod Kumar Singh succumbed to post-Covid complications on Monday at Gurgaon’s Medanta hospital.