Kerala emerged as the top contributor to the caseload with 31,495 new cases
By Adya Gupta
In what may hint at another wave, COVID-19 cases in the country crossed 40,000-mark again on Thursday, after nearly two months as Kerala reported a sharp surge in new cases, according to Union Health Ministry data.
According to the data, India reported 46,164 COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours taking the country’s total caseload to 3,25,58,530. Kerala is the largest contributor of COVID cases in the last 24 hours.
On Wednesday, Kerala reported 31,445 fresh COVID-19 cases, with the test positivity rate (TPR) touching 19 per cent. This is the first time that the state has reported more than 30,000 fresh cases since May 20 this year, when the second wave was raging. Indian Express reported that for the past several weeks, Kerala has been contributing more than half of the daily cases to the national caseload with the seven-day average TPR being 17.13 per cent. According to experts, the renewed onslaught of the virus can be attributed to the Onam celebrations from last week.
The state had witnessed a similar peak in the number of COVID-19 cases last year too after Onam celebrations ended.
According to the Union Health Ministry data, the country also reported 607 COVID-19 deaths in the same period, taking the overall death toll to 4,36,365.
According to the health ministry’s release, the weekly positivity rate is 2.02%. The weekly positivity rate has been 3% for the last 62 days.
A total of 51,31,29,378 samples have been tested so far to detect COVID-19. Of which, 17,87,283 samples were tested yesterday, according to ICMR.
Under the nationwide vaccination drive against Covid-19, the country has administered 60.38 crore vaccine doses so far.
(Inputs from agencies)