India’s active cases of Covid-19 were poised to fall below the 8 lakh mark, even as the daily death toll from the virus rose to a five-day high on Thursday.
As many as 845 fatalities were reported during the day, a sharp rise from a toll of 689 on Wednesday and the highest since 917 deaths were recorded on October 10.
India continues to have one of the lowest deaths per million population globally. Some states/UTs are performing better and reporting much lower deaths/million population than the national average: Ministry of Health.
Along with the drop in the number of new infections being detected, there has also been a significant decline in the coronavirus-related deaths being reported every day. For the last twelve days now, the number of deaths have remained below 1,000.
Since August 25, barring a few exceptions, India has been reporting more than 1,000 coronavirus-related deaths every day. On several of these days, India was the largest contributor of coronavirus-related deaths in the world.
But as the number of new infections, rather inexplicably, has come down in the last month, so have the number of deaths.
Amid a general decline in fresh cases in most states, Bengal reported its highest single-day count so far of 3,720 infections. Cases were on the rise in Delhi as well, with the capital reporting 3,483 new infections on Thursday, up from 3,036 two days earlier.
Meanwhile, analysts also worry rising Covid claims could put more pressure on the books of insurers, particularly the three PSUs.