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Updated on: Monday, September 27, 2021, 06:23 PM IST

COVID-19: Active cases below 3 lakh for first time in six months, Kerala accounts for 55% of total cases

(Reuters photo)

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The number of active cases of COVID-19 infections in India has fallen below three lakh after a gap of more than six months. Currently, the active cases in India stand at 2,94,497 as compared to the peak of the second wave in May when the number had risen to as high as 37.45 lakh.

Since the middle of May, the number of active cases has been falling steadily except for brief periods when Kerala reported an unusually high number of cases. About 55 per cent of all the active cases in the country, or more than 1.63 lakh, is in Kerala right now. After Kerala, Maharashtra has the highest active cases, at around 37,000.

Mizoram too is surprisingly reporting a surge in cases with a total population of just about 12 lakh. The state has been figuring amongst the top five contributors for over a week now, reporting over 1,500 cases on an average.

Currently the situation seems to be like that of mid-February, as over 20 states are reporting less than 100 cases every day, and about ten of them are finding less than ten new cases. Even at that time, more than half of the cases were coming from Maharashtra and Kerala. This time, though, the dominance of Kerala alone has been even greater.

However, at that time, the total number of active cases had dipped to as low as 1.35 lakh. The daily case count had also fallen in the range of 12,000 to 15,000. In the current phase, the daily case count is yet to go below 25,000. On Sunday, 26,041 new cases were discovered across the country, of which 15,951 came from Kerala alone. Maharashtra contributed another 3,200 cases.

On Sunday, 18 states and union territories including Delhi reported zero Covid-related deaths. The national daily death count, however, is still over 200, with Kerala contributing for almost 60 per cent of the reported deaths.

Meanwhile, India added 26,041 new coronavirus infections taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,36,78,786, while the active cases declined to 2,99,620, the lowest in 191 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday.

The death toll climbed to 4,47,194 with 276 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am.

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Published on: Monday, September 27, 2021, 06:23 PM IST
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