As Kerala reported more than 22,000 fresh Covid-19 cases for the third day running, neighbouring Karnataka and Tamil Nadu too recorded a spike in new infections on Thursday, taking India’s daily case count to nearly 45,000, the highest in 22 days.
India recorded 44,681 Covid cases on Thursday, the highest daily count since July 7. Apart from the southern states, Maharashtra too reported a slight spike in infections, with 7,242 new cases registered on Thursday, the highest in a week.
Kerala logged 22,064 fresh cases on Thursday. While the state had accounted for more than 50% of India’s new cases in the past two days, its share on Thursday dropped slightly below the halfway mark.
Karnataka’s case count crossed 2,000 after 19 days. The state logged 2,052, up sharply from 1,531 on the previous day. Daily cases, as well as positivity rates, have risen in districts bordering Kerala as well as in Bengaluru, prompting the Karnataka government to declare the Dakshina Kannada district as a red zone. The district reported 396 fresh cases even as the count in Bengaluru Urban rose to 505, from 376 on the previous day.
Tamil Nadu recorded a rise after nearly 69 days. On Thursday, the state recorded 1,859 fresh cases as compared with 1,756 on Wednesday. The daily cases in Maharashtra crossed 7,000 after seven days. In the northeast, the number of fresh cases remained high in Mizoram (1,100), Manipur (1,000), and Meghalaya (731).
India reported 557 deaths from the virus on Thursday, with Maharashtra recording 190 fatalities, Kerala 128, Odisha 65 and Tamil Nadu