The national tally of Covid cases on Saturday was 45,056, a day after 46,783 fresh cases were reported, as per TOI’s Covid database recorded real time from state government figures.
Kerala logged 31,265 new cases, again accounting for close to 70% (69.4%) of all infections detected in the country on Saturday. The day’s test positivity rate in the state dipped slightly to 18.67%, from 19.22% recorded on the previous day.
Active cases in Kerala crossed the 2-lakh mark on Saturday. The southern state now has more than 55% of the 3.7 lakh active cases of the coronavirus in the country. In the last five days since the post-Onam surge in infections began, the state has added nearly 50,000 active cases. During this period, 1,49,814 new cases have come to light in the state.
Elsewhere, Maharashtra recorded 4,831 new cases on Saturday, the second day in succession that daily numbers in the state have exceeded the count on the corresponding days of last week. On the whole, however, Maharashtra cases still appear to be declining, although painfully slowly.
Mizoram too is in the midst of a minor spike in infections. The northeastern state recorded 888 fresh cases on Saturday, a day after logging 905 new infections, which was the highest single-day count since August 10.
India reported 444 deaths from the virus on Saturday, with Kerala recording 153 fatalities, Maharashtra 126, Odisha 68, Tamil Nadu 21 and Andhra Pradesh 19.
Night curfew in Kerala from Monday amid rise in cases
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday addressed the media after a much-speculated-upon 36-day interregnum even as the surge in Covid cases continued, with the state reporting 31,625 new cases, 153 deaths and test positivity rate of 18.67%.
The CM announced that the Covid review meeting had decided that night curfew would be enforced in the state from Monday (10pm to 6am).
There would be a triple lockdown in local bodies where the weekly infection population ratio is above 7% and IPS officers will be taking charge in each district from Monday to coordinate preventive measures, the CM said. Local bodies have been asked to ensure that there is adequate stock of vaccines.