The national Covid case tally on Saturday was 45,056, a day after 46,783 new cases were reported, according to TOI’s Covid database recorded in real time from state government figures.
Kerala recorded 31,265 new cases, again accounting for nearly 70% (69.4%) of all infections detected in the country on Saturday. The state’s day-to-day test positivity rate dropped slightly to 18.67%, from 19.22% the day before.
Active cases in Kerala crossed the 2 lakh mark on Saturday. The southern state now has more than 55% of the 3.7 lakhs of active coronavirus cases in the country. In the past five days since the spike in post-Onam infections began, the state has added nearly 50,000 active cases. During this period, 1,49,814 new cases were reported in the state.
Elsewhere, Maharashtra recorded 4,831 new cases on Saturday, the second day in a row that the state’s daily figures exceeded the number of corresponding days last week. Overall, however, Maharashtra cases still appear to be on the decline, albeit painfully slowly.
Mizoram is also in the midst of a minor spike in infections. The northeastern state recorded 888 new cases on Saturday, a day after recording 905 new infections, which was the highest single-day number since August 10.
India reported 444 deaths from the virus on Saturday, with Kerala recording 153 deaths, Maharashtra 126, Odisha 68, Tamil Nadu 21 and Andhra Pradesh 19.
Nighttime curfew in Kerala from Monday as the number of cases increases
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan spoke to media on Saturday after a highly speculated 36-day interregnum even as the surge in Covid cases continued, with the state reporting 31,625 new cases, 153 deaths and a positive rate of HIV tests. 18.67%.
The CM announced that the Covid review meeting had decided that the nighttime curfew would be enforced in the state from Monday (10 p.m. to 6 a.m.).
There would be a triple lockdown in local organs where the weekly ratio of the infected population is over 7% and IPS agents will take charge in each district from Monday to coordinate preventive measures, the CM said. Local agencies have been asked to ensure that there is an adequate supply of vaccines.