Covid-related deaths in the current week (December 21-27) registered a steeper fall of close to 15%, with 2,087 fatalities recorded during the period at an average of less than 300 (298) per day. This is the lowest weekly death toll in the country since the first week of June — close to seven months ago.
The seven-day rolling average of daily Covid cases in India currently stands at 21,794. That’s less than one-fourth of the peak on September 17, when the seven-day average was 93,735 (although 98,795 fresh cases were reported that day), as per TOI’s database collated from state government figures.
Meanwhile, 1,52,455 new cases were recorded this week, the lowest week-on-week count since the June 29-July 5 week, when 1,48,845 fresh Covid-19 infections had been recorded. On an average, 21,779 new cases were reported every day during the current week.
Fresh cases of the virus have been falling for seven straight weeks. Except for one week when cases registered a rise — November 2-8, the week before Diwali — coronavirus cases have been declining for the past 15 weeks since mid-September.
The weekly trend of fatalities is similar. Deaths during the current week were nearly one-fourth (25.5%) of the highest weekly toll recorded on September 14-20. That week, as many as 8,175 fatalities were reported in the country.