Tue. Jun 15th, 2021

Covid deaths drop below 400, 3rd time since July 2NEW DELHI: The number of daily Covid deaths countrywide dropped below 400 on Saturday — only the third time since July 2 when fatalities were reported at this level. Dec 6 and 7 are the previous two days when fewer than 400 deaths were reported.

Typically, lower testing done on weekends causes a slight decline in both cases and deaths reported on Sundays and Mondays. Compared to 392 deaths this Saturday, the previous one had seen 482 deaths.

In other statistical landmarks, Karnataka crossed the figure of 9 lakh cumulative cases since the beginning of the outbreak, becoming the second state after Maharashtra to have seen this level of cases during the course of the pandemic. Andhra Pradesh, which is the third worst-affected state in terms of cumulative caseload, has reported 8.7 lakh infections so far.

Daily Covid cases continued to remain above the 30,000 level for the second consecutive day after taking a brief plunge on Thursday, when they had dropped below that benchmark. This took India’s tally to 98.5 lakh cases and 93.5 lakh recoveries. The outbreak has so far claimed 1.4 lakh lives, while 3.6 lakh cases remain active in the country. If cases continue to grow at this rate, India will become the second country after the US to cross one crore total Covid cases by the end of next week. Kerala topped the list of states for the third consecutive day as it reported 5,949 cases.

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