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diwali: Two weeks after Diwali, Covid cases at 17-month low | India News – Times of India

Signs of a spike in India’s Covid-19 cases in the post-Diwali week have since dissipated in most states, with the country posting its lowest weekly tally of infections in over 17 months.
India recorded less than 72,000 cases of the coronavirus in the week (November 15-21), making it the lowest point in the pandemic since early June last year. Cases fell by 11%, a week after the decline in infections was halted post-Diwali. In that week (Nov 8- 14), India posted 80,639 cases, nearly the same number as in the Diwali week (80,708), raising fears that the festivities may have led to a spike.
Worst-hit states show drop in cases
However, the big fall in numbers this week will go some way in allaying such fears. Although numbers have inched up in some states and UTs, the worst-hit states of Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu showed a drop in cases. Last week, infections had spiked a bit in Maharashtra and Karnataka.
India reported 2,257 deaths from the virus during the week, down from 2,596 in the preceding seven days. However, a substantial number of fatalities in the both weeks were old deaths added to the toll in Kerala.
The states and UTs that registered a rise in Covid cases this week include J&K, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Meghalaya and Ladakh. But the numbers most of these states/UTs were not high enough to cause much concern. J&K logged1,188 cases during the week, an increase of 84 over the previous week.

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