The coronavirus pandemic doesn’t seem to leave us behind. Just when the country is breathing a sigh of relief with the decrease in Covid-19 cases, the infections shoot up, worrying us about the fourth wave. The way cases are rising, India may record over 25,000 cases this week, the highest in nearly three months.
According to the Ministry of Health and Family Affairs, the country reported 4,518 fresh Covid-19 cases and nine fatalities on Sunday. The active cases in India now stand at 25,782. The country has witnessed an increase of 1,730 Covid-19 cases in the span of 24 hours. The ministry stated in a bulletin that the country’s daily positivity rate was recorded at 1.62 percent while the weekly positivity rate reached 0.91 percent.
Maharashtra and Kerala are to be held accountable for the sudden increase in Covid-19 cases, as the two states account for 60 percent of the country’s cases reported in the last week. According to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, Maharashtra’s capital, Mumbai, reported 961 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday, as the city continues to see an increase in cases.
The city’s active caseload now stands at 4,880 after Sunday’s increase. In the last 24 hours, Mumbai has seen one Covid-related death and 374 recoveries. Meanwhile, Kerala on Sunday recorded as many as 1,544 Covid-19 cases, taking the active caseload to 7,972.
Four people died in Kerala, two in Uttar Pradesh, and one each in Maharashtra, Karnataka, and West Bengal.
Dr. Rakesh Mishra, Tata Institute for Genetics & Society said variants will keep coming as it is trying to sustain. But it should not matter till the time we take all precautions. Masks are crucial. I don’t think we will have the fourth wave because the chances are extremely small, he added.