Thane and Pune now have more than 500 deaths each after the state government decided to include over 1,300 earlier fatalities in the data
The number of reported coronavirus cases in India rose 6.5 percent over the last two days to 354,065, latest data from the ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW) showed. This is slower than the pace in the preceding 48-hour period, when the number of cases went up by 7.6 percent.
The death toll has reached 11,903, after growing 25 percent over the last two days. This is faster than the preceding 48 hours, when it had risen 7 percent.
The death count has jumped drastically due to the Maharashtra government’s decision on 16 June to update its data after including 1,328 deaths that took place earlier in the outbreak. Maharashtra is the worst-hit state in India.
With the data update, the death count in India has nearly doubled in the last fourteen days. The number of infections is now twice what it was eighteen days ago, and given the rate of growth in this period, could hit the 400,000-mark in four days and the 500,000-mark in nine days.
Despite a much slower case doubling rate than earlier in the outbreak, new infections and deaths have been rising faster in India than in most other badly-hit countries. The data reconciliation in Maharashtra has taken India’s toll above Belgium’s, and is now the eighth worst in the world. India has also recorded the biggest increase in confirmed cases over the past week among countries with over 4,000 deaths.
Maharashtra now has 5,537 deaths, and is followed by Delhi (1,837 deaths), which has surpassed Gujarat (1,533 deaths) in the list. Tamil Nadu has 528 deaths and West Bengal has 495. These five states have recorded 83 percent of all covid-related deaths in India so far. Deaths have surged the most in Haryana, Delhi, and Tamil Nadu in the last seven days.
The case fatality rates vary widely. Maharashtra’s fatality rate has jumped from 3.7% to 4.9 percent, and India’s from 2.9 percent to 3.4 percent. At 6.2 percent, Gujarat continues to have the worst fatality rate. Among all states that have had deaths, the case fatality rates are the lowest in Tripura (0.1%), Ladakh (0.2%), and Assam (0.2%).
It is worth noting that data quality on cases and deaths vary across countries and regions because of factors such as differences in testing standards, and in protocols being followed for recording covid-related deaths.
Maharashtra has 50,057 patients still under treatment, the most in the country, followed by Delhi with 26,351 active cases and Tamil Nadu with 20,709. Gujarat is fourth on the list with 5,962 active cases and West Bengal fifth with 5,386 cases. Out of the 155,227 active cases in India as of Wednesday morning, the top five states together have 70 percent and the top ten states account for 80 percent. Active cases exclude deaths and recoveries from the list of confirmed cases.
As many as 186,935 patients (53%) have now been discharged in India.
Among the ten states and union territories with most active cases, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, and Delhi have seen the highest percentage spike over the past seven days.
Among districts, Mumbai, Chennai, Thane, Pune, and Ahmedabad have seen the biggest jump in confirmed cases in the last two days. These five districts account for 46 percent of the new cases over this period, data compiled by howindialives.com last evening shows. Other districts that have seen a sharp spike over the past two days are Gurugram in Haryana, Hyderabad in Telangana, and Kancheepuram in Tamil Nadu.
So far, 363 districts have had deaths in the country. Mumbai’s toll has jumped to 3,166 after taking into account earlier deaths, Thane’s jumped to 641, and Pune now has 588 deaths. Ahmedabad in Gujarat has 1,229 deaths, and Chennai in Tamil Nadu has 423. These five districts now account for 61 percent of deaths in the country.
Kolkata (301) in West Bengal, Solapur (184) in Maharashtra, Indore (177) in Madhya Pradesh, Jalgaon (169) in Maharashtra, and Aurangabad (168) in Maharashtra, are the other districts with the highest tolls. The top ten districts account for 72 percent of all the deaths nationally. District-wise data for Delhi are unavailable and hence not part of this list.
The number of coronavirus infections is likely to keep increasing in the coming days, as India’s testing numbers continue to grow. According to the Indian Council for Medical Research, nearly 6.1 million samples have been tested so far, including 163,187 till Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the global coronavirus case count has crossed 8.1 million, with over 440,000 deaths, and more than 3.9 million recoveries (48%).
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