Kerala was the only state to contribute more than 10,000 Covid-19 infections to India’s count on Saturday, with 11,361 cases reported in the last 24 hours. For the past four days, it has been reporting the largest number of infections. It reported 12,469 cases on June 18, 13,270 on June 17, and 12,246 on June 16. Apart from Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka were also reporting than 10,000 daily cases. These states recorded over 100 deaths on till June 15.
Kerala continues to report an excess of over 100 deaths per day, despite the fact that the infection curve has peaked and is now in the process of declining. India added 60,753 new coronavirus infections on Saturday, bringing the total number of Covid-19 infections in the country to almost 2.98 crores. With this, the number of active cases has dropped to 7.6 lakh. In addition to 1647 new deaths, the death toll has now reached 3.85 lakh.
The severity of the Covid-19 pandemic’s second wave in Kerala is reflected in the state’s official death toll. While it took Kerala 371 days to reach 5,500 deaths, it only took 40 days to reach another 5,500 dead. Since May 18, the state has reported over 100 deaths each day, and on four times has surpassed the 200-death milestone. The number of deaths reported was the greatest (226).
Kerala has 5,500 deaths on May 4 this year, after the first fatality — an Ernakulam resident — on March 28 last year. Between May 5 and June 13, the virus claimed the lives of an equal number of people in the state.