UPDATED: July 27, 2021, 10:56 AM IST
Kerala now accounts for almost half of the country’s daily Covid cases. The southern state recorded 17,466 new infections on Sunday against the national tally of 39,361. The average daily cases in Kerala rose by nearly 16 per cent in the last week alone.
Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Maharashtra, and Tamil Nadu are the other four states with the highest number of average daily infections during the same period.
Odisha is battling with a continuous rise in average daily deaths. From an average of ten fatalities daily on May 1, the number rose to 34 on June 1, to 43 on July 1 and to 65 on July 26.
Of the five states that appear in the top five contributors of Covid cases in India now, four of them have reduced average daily testing in the last week. It dropped 12 per cent in Andhra Pradesh, 1.6 per cent in Kerala, 6.6 per cent in Maharashtra, and 2.9 per cent in Tamil Nadu.
Adding to the concern, the pace of vaccination has also fallen in three of these states with maximum cases. The average daily vaccination dropped by more than 35 per cent in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra while it contracted by 14 per cent in Tamil Nadu in the last week.
A continuous high number of cases puts India at risk as many South-East Asian countries are witnessing an unprecedented rise in cases. For instance, daily cases rose from 18,872 on June 25 to 38,679 on July 25 in Indonesia.
On the other hand, countries like the US and the UK appear to be on the verge of a third wave.