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NEW DELHI: India’s daily Covid-19 cases nudged upwards again with fresh infections crossing 89,000 on Saturday, the highest in a week. The daily tally of cases this week has so far stayed well below the numbers recorded last week, pointing to the possibility that the infection was past its peak, but the pandemic continues to surge in several states.

With 89,104 fresh cases on Saturday, India’s cumulative caseload rose to 59,88,643, as per data collated from state governments. This was the highest daily count of cases since last Saturday (September 19), when 94,145 infections were reported.

The day’s death again crossed 1,100, with 1,131 fatalities reported in the country. However, active cases continued to fall, with the count having dropped by nearly 6,000 on Saturday to 9,63,843.

Several states reported a surge in Covid-19 numbers on Saturday, led by Kerala where daily cases zoomed past 7,000. The state reported 7,006 new infections, overtaking Friday’s record high of 6,477 cases. This was the fourth peak in daily cases in Kerala in as many days and the fifth in the past seven days. Two other states also reported their highest single-day spike in infections — Odisha (4,356 new cases) and Rajasthan 2,045.

Besides, Karnataka reported 8,811 fresh cases, the highest in nine days while Maharashtra’s tally crossed 20,000 again after a two-day break. In Chhattisgarh, 3,896 fresh cases were recorded, the second highest count in the state and the highest since September 12

Meanwhile, daily cases continued to fall in Uttar Pradesh, which reported 4,412 fresh infections on Saturday. New cases in the state have been declining more or less steadily after hitting a peak of 7,103 on September 11.

Andhra Pradesh reported 7,293 Covid-19 cases on Saturday, taking the cumulative caseload to 6,68,751. This is the seventh day in a row that the state has registered less than 8,000 cases.

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