India’s numbers have been falling slightly faster this week than the last. It reported 2.69 lakh new cases in the last seven days, a decline of 8% over the preceding seven days.
Globally, cases surged by 16% in the past week, raising fears that the world could already be in the third wave of the pandemic. Besides several countries in Europe, the virus was spreading rapidly closer home in southeast Asia. Apart from the 43% spike in Indonesia, Malaysia logged a 45% rise in the last seven days, Thailand 38%, Myanmar 48% and Vietnam 130%.
In India, fresh cases on Saturday crossed 40,000 for the second time this week as infections surged in Kerala and Manipur, in particular. India logged 41,246 new cases, up from 38,019 on Friday.
Kerala reported 16,148 new cases, the highest daily tally in the state in 38 days. In Manipur, cases surged to an all-time daily high of 1,171.
At 513, deaths from the virus in the country continued to slide gradually. The highest daily toll this week (Monday to Sunday) was 626 as opposed to 703 last week.