Despite spikes in infections in some pockets of the country, daily cases of Covid-19 in India have gradually but steadily declined through August so far.
The seven-day rolling average of daily cases in the country fell below 35,000 on Wednesday for the first time in nearly five months. The seven-day average stood at 34,965 on Wednesday, down from 40,832 on August 1. The last time the average was below the 35,000 mark was on March 20 this year (34,284). India recorded 36,500 fresh cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday, a rise from 35,134 reported the previous day but significantly below last Wednesday's count of 41,649.
For the second straight day, Kerala's daily tally remained over 21,000. The state reported 21,427 new cases, accounting for 59% of all cases detected in the country on Wednesday. The test positivity rate in Kerala was higher than 15% for the second day running.
In Maharashtra too daily case detections and deaths showed an upward tick on Wednesday. After reporting under-4,500 cases for the last two days, the state listed 5,132 cases and 158 deaths, including five in Mumbai. The city added 285 patients testing positive for Covid as against 196 on Tuesday.
India reported 524 deaths from the virus on Wednesday, the highest daily toll in six days as Maharashtra and Kerala (179) recorded more fatalities than in the last few days. Odisha reported 65 deaths, Tamil Nadu 31, Karnataka 22, and Andhra Pradesh and Assam 15 each.