Surge in Covid-19 cases in India has slowed a bit in third week

A nurse places a protective mask on a patient at a government hospital in Siliguri, India. (Photo courtesy: AFP)

(, Mar08’21) – Covid-19 cases in India surged by 10% in the just concluded week, registering a rise for the third week running, although the increase had slowed a bit from the 19% growth seen in the previous seven days, reported the Mar 8. 

The report said deaths had decreased by 12% over the previous week while the daily average also fell marginally below 100 at 98.

Maharashtra has continued to drive the surge in weekly cases while infections were also rising in Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat, Haryana, MP, Delhi and Tamil Nadu.

However, India’s health minister, Dr Harsh ardhan, has said the country was in the “end game” of the Covid-19 pandemic and to succeed at this stage, people should trust the science behind vaccines and ensure that their near and dear ones get vaccinated on time.

The latest data from India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare show that there were 18,599 new Covid-19 cases and 97 new deaths in the country in the past 24 hours as of Mar 08 at 8 AM, taking their cumulative totals to 11,229,398 cases and 157,853 deaths respectively.

A total of 10,882,798, or 96.91%, had recovered while the number of active cases was 188,747, or 1.68% of the total. The case fatality was at 1.41%. The percentage of recoveries and actives cases have continued to worsen in recent days.

The latest daily number of new cases, at 18,599, was more than the daily number of those who had recovered, at 14,278, leading to an increase in the number of active cases by 4,224.

Fifteen states have reported 100 or more new cases in the last 24 hours, namely Maharashtra (11,141), Kerala (2,100), Punjab (1,043), Karnataka (622), Tamil Nadu (567), Gujarat (575), Madhya Pradesh (429), Haryana (305), Delhi (286), Chattisgarh (222), West Bengal (188), Rajasthan (176), Andhra Pradesh (136), Uttar Pradesh (115), and Telangana (111). 

Seven states have reported 3 or more Covid-19 deaths each in the last 24 hours, namely Maharashtra (38), Punjab (17), Kerala (13), Uttar Pradesh (8), Karnataka (3), Madhya Pradesh (3), Chattisgarh (3). The rest of the states have reported 2 or less deaths.

India is currently the country with the world’s second highest number of Covid-19 cases and the fourth highest number of deaths in cumulative numbers.


Across the world the number of Covid-19 cases totaled 116,872,436 and the deaths 2,593,931, according to the tally of Johns Hopkins University as of 1:56 PM on Mar 08, 2021.


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