After recording the highest number of daily Covid-19 in the world for more than two-and-a-half months during the lethal second wave, India’s average case count has dropped to second place with Brazil taking the dubious top spot again.
In the last seven days ending Thursday, Brazil registered 4,88,882, narrowly inching ahead of India’s count of 4,88,626, as per data from worldometers.info. This was the first time since late March that the seven-day average of daily Covid cases in India has been overtaken by another country.
Brazil has been in the midst of a long Covid outbreak with daily cases staying mainly between 60,000 and 90,000 since the beginning of March. India, on the other hand, saw cases spiral sharply from the beginning of March, touch a peak on May 8 and then fall just as steeply since then.
The US, the only country apart from India where daily Covid cases have crossed 1 lakh, witnessed a peak in infections around the second week of January. Cases in that country have been steadily dropping since then except for a brief rise around mid-April.
In India, the seven-day average of daily cases dropped to 66,660 on Friday, nearly one-sixth of the peak of 3,91,263 recorded on May 8. The seven-day average of daily deaths (not counting old deaths being reported now mainly by Maharashtra) had dipped to 1,399, down to a nearly third of the peak of 4,040 on May 16.
On Friday, the country recorded 60,959 fresh cases and 1,200 deaths. In addition, 450 “backlog” deaths were reported by Maharashtra. The state recorded 198 fatalities in the last 24 hours, second highest in the country after 287 reported from Tamil Nadu. Karnataka was the only other state to report a daily toll of more than 100, with 168 deaths on Friday.
For the second day running, Kerala was the only state to post over 10,000 fresh cases. Kerala recorded 11,361 new infections of the virus, while the count in Maharashtra was 9,798 and in Tamil Nadu 8,633.