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The number of reported coronavirus cases in India rose 7.6 percent over the last two days to 297,535, latest data from the ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW) showed. This is nearly in line with the pace in the preceding 48-hour period, when the number of cases went up 7.8 percent.

The death toll has reached 8,498, after growing 9.7 percent over the last two days. This is faster than the preceding 48 hours, when it had risen 8.5 percent.

This week so far, the deaths have risen 19 percent, and the number of cases 16 percent.

The death count in India has nearly doubled in the last seventeen days. The number of infections is now twice what it was sixteen days ago, and given the rate of growth in this period, could hit the 350,000-mark on Tuesday.

The continuing rise in cases poses a severe challenge for India’s strained medical capacity and overburdened health system.

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 confirmed cases and highest increase in deaths over the past week. India now has more coronavirus cases than the United Kingdom.

At 3,590 deaths, Maharashtra has the highest toll in the country so far due to covid-19, followed by Gujarat (1,385), Delhi (1,085), West Bengal (442), and Madhya Pradesh (431). These five states have recorded 82 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. At 6.3 percent, Gujarat has the worst fatality rate, followed by West Bengal, where 4.5 percent of those who tested positive for coronavirus have died. Madhya Pradesh is next with 4.2 percent. India’s case fatality rate is 2.9 percent. Among all states that have had deaths, the case fatality rates are the lowest in Tripura (0.1%), Assam (0.1%), 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 47,980 patients still under treatment, the most in the country, followed by Delhi with 20,871 active cases and Tamil Nadu with 17,662. Gujarat is fourth on the list with 5,546 active cases and West Bengal fifth with 5,338 cases. Out of the 141,842 active cases in India as of Friday morning, the top five states together have 69 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 147,195 patients (48%) have now been discharged in India. India now has more recovered patients than active cases.

Among the ten states and union territories with most active cases, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, 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, Kancheepuram in Tamil Nadu, and Hyderabad in Telangana.

Source: MoHFW, state health ministries, national/regional publications
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Source: MoHFW, state health ministries, national/regional publications
Source: NDMA, state health ministries, national/regional publications
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Source: NDMA, state health ministries, national/regional publications

So far, 339 districts have had deaths in the country. Mumbai (1,954 deaths) has reported the most deaths among all districts, followed by Ahmedabad (1,117) in Gujarat, Pune (444) and Thane (415) in Maharashtra, and Kolkata (279) in West Bengal. These five districts now account for 58 percent of deaths in the country.

Chennai (278) in Tamil Nadu, Indore (162) in Madhya Pradesh, Aurangabad (124) in Maharashtra, Jaipur (121) in Rajasthan, and Jalgaon (120) 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.

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 5.36 million samples have been tested so far, including 150,305 in the past 24 hours.

Meanwhile, the global coronavirus case count has crossed 7.5 million, with over 420,000 deaths, and more than 3.5 million recoveries (47%).

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