India was likely to record over 17,000 new cases in the week (May 23-29) – after all states report their data for Sunday by Monday morning – up from just over 14,500 in the previous seven days.
Deaths from the virus continue to remain extremely low, with 16 new fatalities reported in the week by late Sunday night. In the previous week, 17 deaths were recorded. These figures do not include fatalities from earlier months added to the toll during this period.
Maharashtra and Kerala recorded the highest rise in infections. Cases rose by over 60% in Maharashtra, with the state reporting 3,142 fresh infections during the week as opposed to 1,954 in the previous seven days, with Mumbai accounting for a bulk of the cases. On Sunday, Maharashtra posted 550 fresh cases, its highest single-day detections in three months.
Kerala’s count was on the rise as well. For the second straight week, the state recorded the highest number of cases in the country. Meanwhile, cases continued to dip in Delhi and NCR cities but this week’s drop was relatively minor. Delhi posted 2,757 fresh cases, down around 14% from 3,196 last week.