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NEW DELHI: India recorded by far the fastest ever rise in weekly Covid-19 cases with a six-fold increase in infections in the week ending Sunday, as the Omicron-fuelled third wave of the pandemic accelerated across the country.
India reported more than 7.8 lakh cases during the week (January 3-9), more than six times higher than last week’s tally of nearly 1.3 lakh. The previous week (December 27-January 2) itself had recorded a 2.8x surge in infections.
During the second wave of the pandemic, a corresponding increase in weekly numbers — from 1.3 lakh to roughly 7.8 lakh cases — had taken place in a span of nearly five weeks.


On Sunday, India reported nearly 1.8 lakh new cases — 179,902 till late at night, with one state, Tripura, yet to report its data. This was 13% higher than the preceding day’s count of 1,59,583, as per TOI’s Covid database.
India has moved to the fifth place among countries with the highest weekly cases and has logged by far the highest rate of growth during the week among 20 nations with the highest case counts at present.
Deaths have also risen during the week but at a far slower rate of 54%, from 495 last week to 761. These were fresh deaths reported daily.
If old fatalities reported during the period is added, this week’s toll was 2,039, up from 1,897 in the previous seven days.
During the current week, Maharashtra posted the highest count of cases at 2,20,176.
At 1.05 lakh, Bengal logged the second-highest number of cases, nearly 6 times more than the previous week’s count of 18,500.
Delhi numbers rose nine times to 95,609 this week, up from 10,769.

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