The seven-day average of daily cases dropped to 11,815 on Thursday, the lowest since 11,757 cases on June 17 last year. The rolling average takes into account fresh cases on a particular day as well as the past six days, to give a clearer picture of which direction a particular dataset was moving.
There were 12,431 fresh cases recorded across the country on Thursday. Nearly half of these were reported from Kerala, where the day’s case count was 6,102. On the previous day, the country had reported 12,948 fresh cases.
Maharashtra continued to record the second highest count of fresh cases, with 2,736 new infections detected in the state. In no other state did the day’s case count exceed 500. Tamil Nadu reported 494 new cases, the tally dropping below 500 for the first time since at least the month of June. Karnataka recorded the next highest count of 474 fresh cases, followed by Chhattisgarh (373)
The day’s death toll from the virus was 121, a slight rise from the previous day’s count of 112. Maharashtra again recorded the highest number of deaths at 46, followed by Kerala (17), Delhi and Punjab (both seven).