India’s Covid cases fall below 20k

India recorded its lowest number of daily Covid-19 cases in over 200 days with Monday’s tally falling below 20,000 for the first time since March this year as Kerala logged 11,699 fresh infections, the lowest in nearly five weeks.

Deaths from the virus also fell to 178, the lowest daily toll since March 22—again, thanks to a sharp drop in fatalities reported in Kerala. The state recorded 58 deaths on Monday, down from 165 the previous day.

India logged 19,859 fresh cases of the coronavirus, with Jharkhand’s data yet to come in till after midnight, the lowest daily case-count since March 9 this year, 202 days ago. Cases dip every Monday on account of lower testing and staff shortages over the weekend. However, this Monday’s count comes at a time when infections in Kerala have been falling after the massive post-Onam surge. In recent weeks, Kerala has been accounting for 60% and more of all cases in the country. Monday’s tally in Kerala was the lowest for a single day since August 22. At 2,432, Maharashtra reported the fewest count of fresh cases since February 8. Karnataka (504 new cases), Andhra (618), Bengal (472) and Odisha (444) too registered a fall.

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