Tuesday, 12 January 2021
The daily number of fresh Covid-19 cases in India fell below 15,000 for the first time since June 22 last year. Only 12,507 new infections were detected on Monday, the lowest count in 208 days.
The sharp dip in cases came out of the lowest number of tests conducted on the previous day since August 23. On Sunday, less than 6.6 lakh tests for the virus were run, a drop of more than 1.8 lakh from the previous day, as per the covid19india.org tracker.
While fresh cases dip every Monday due to lower testing and staff shortages over the weekend, this Monday’s numbers were nearly 4,000 less than the previous day’s count, a drop of around 25%.
India last recorded a lower tally of daily cases way back on June 16 last year, when 10,914 infections were reported. The last time a daily count of less than 15,000 was registered was on June 22, when countrywide cases totalled up to 14,778, as per database collated from state government figures. There were 169 deaths from the virus on Monday, around the same as the previous day’s toll of 161.