Mumbai became India’s first city to cross 1,500 covid-19 deaths, while Delhi is now the second state after Maharashtra with 15,000 active cases
The number of reported coronavirus cases in India rose 9.1 percent over the last two days to 236,657, latest data from the ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW) showed. This is in line with the jump in the previous 48-hour period.
The death toll has reached 6,642, rising 9.3 percent over the last two days, quicker than the 8.5 percent growth in the preceding 48 hours.
This week so far, the deaths have risen 23 percent, and the number of cases 24 percent.
The death count in India has nearly doubled in the last seventeen days. The number of infections is now twice what it was fifteen days ago, and given the rate of growth in this period, could hit the 300,000-mark by next Friday.
Despite a much slower case doubling rate than earlier in the outbreak, new infections and deaths are now rising faster in India than in most other badly-hit countries. Among countries with death counts greater than 4,000, India has recorded the second fastest increase in both confirmed cases and deaths over the past week.
At 2,849 deaths, Maharashtra has the highest toll in the country so far due to covid-19, followed by Gujarat (1,190), Delhi (708), Madhya Pradesh (384), and West Bengal (366). These five states have recorded 83 percent of all covid-related deaths in India so far. Deaths have surged the most in Bihar, Delhi, and Tamil Nadu in the last seven days.
The case fatality rates vary widely. At 6.2 percent, Gujarat has the worst fatality rate, followed by West Bengal, where 5 percent of those who tested positive for coronavirus have died. Madhya Pradesh is next with 4.3 percent. India’s case fatality rate is now 2.8 percent. Among all states that have had deaths, the case fatality rates are the lowest in Assam (0.2%), Chhattisgarh (0.2%), and Odisha (0.3%).
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 42,224 patients still under treatment, the most in the country, followed by Delhi with 15,311 and Tamil Nadu with 12,700 active cases. Gujarat is fourth on the list with 4,901 active cases and West Bengal fifth with 4,025 cases. Out of the 115,942 active cases in India as of Saturday morning, the top five states together have 68 percent and the top ten states account for 81 percent. Active cases exclude deaths and recoveries from the list of confirmed cases. As many as 114,073 patients have now been discharged in India.
Among the ten states with most active cases, Karnataka, Delhi, and West Bengal have seen the highest percentage spike over the past seven days.
Among districts, Mumbai, Chennai, Thane, Ahmedabad, and Pune have seen the biggest jump in confirmed cases in the last two days. These five districts account for 43 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, Kancheepuram in Tamil Nadu, and Udupi in Karnataka.
So far, 315 districts have had deaths in the country. Mumbai (1,519 deaths) has reported the most deaths among all districts, followed by Ahmedabad (968) in Gujarat, Pune (387) and Thane (309) in Maharashtra, and Kolkata (238) in West Bengal. These five districts now account for 59 percent of deaths in the country.
Chennai (187) in Tamil Nadu, Indore (148) in Madhya Pradesh, Jalgaon (109) in Maharashtra, Jaipur (102) in Rajasthan, and Solapur (94) in Maharashtra are the other districts with the highest tolls. The top ten districts account for 69 percent of all the deaths nationally. District-wise data for Delhi are unavailable and hence not part of this list.
Over the last two days, Jalgaon has had 35 deaths - more than Chennai and Pune, and the fourth highest during the period.
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, over 45.24 lakh samples have been tested so far, including 1.38 lakh in the past 24 hours.
Meanwhile, the global coronavirus case count has crossed 6.7 million, with over 390,000 deaths, and more than 2.7 million recoveries.