NEW DELHI: India registered the sharpest weekly fall in Covid-related deaths, with fatalities down 45% from the previous seven days. Deaths reported during the week (June 14-20) also dipped below 14,000 – at an average of less than 2,000 a day – for the first time in the last nine weeks.
The country reported 13,886 deaths during June 14-20, down from 25,058 fatalities in the previous week.
While daily fatalities have been steadily declining, the sharp drop in the weekly toll was because of a big dip in “backlog” deaths. This week, at least 5,151 such deaths were added to the toll as opposed to 11,875 last week. Backlog deaths are fatalities that the authorities have acknowledged after a considerable time lag because of late reporting, oversight or other reasons.
Maharashtra has reported by far the highest number of old deaths so far, at least 22,875 out of a total of over 27,600 recorded so far since the first week of May.