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A migrant worker covers her child with a scarf to protect it from the heat, as they wait to get on a bus for a railway station, where they will board a train to their home state of West Bengal, after some restrictions were lifted during an extended nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Ahmedabad, India, June 5, 2020. REUTERS/Amit Dave (REUTERS)
A migrant worker covers her child with a scarf to protect it from the heat, as they wait to get on a bus for a railway station, where they will board a train to their home state of West Bengal, after some restrictions were lifted during an extended nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Ahmedabad, India, June 5, 2020. REUTERS/Amit Dave (REUTERS)

Mint Covid Tracker: Ahmedabad second city with 1,000-plus deaths, Mumbai toll goes past 1,600

The total number of coronavirus cases in India is now over 250,000 – higher than Spain and Italy

The number of reported coronavirus cases in India rose 8.4 percent over the last two days to 256,611, latest data from the ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW) showed. This is slightly slower than the pace in the previous 48-hour period, when the number of cases went up 9.1 percent.

The death toll has reached 7,135, after increasing 7.4 percent over the last two days. The number had risen 9.3 percent in the preceding 48 hours.

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 300,000-mark by Friday.

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 deaths over the past week and the biggest spike in confirmed cases. Over the weekend, India’s case tally crossed that of Spain and Italy, and is now the fifth highest in the world.

At 3,060 deaths, Maharashtra has the highest toll in the country so far due to covid-19, followed by Gujarat (1,249), Delhi (761), Madhya Pradesh (412), and West Bengal (396). These five states have recorded 82 percent of all covid-related deaths in India so far. Deaths have surged the most in Delhi, Tamil Nadu, and Jammu and Kashmir 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 4.8 percent of those who tested positive for coronavirus have died. Madhya Pradesh is next with 4.4 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%), Odisha (0.3%), and Bihar (0.4%).

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 43,601 patients still under treatment, the most in the country, followed by Delhi with 16,229 and Tamil Nadu with 14,399 active cases. Gujarat is fourth on the list with 5,186 active cases and West Bengal fifth with 4,488 cases. Out of the 125,381 active cases in India as of Monday morning, the top five states together have 67 percent and the top ten states account for 79 percent. Active cases exclude deaths and recoveries from the list of confirmed cases. As many as 124,095 patients have now been discharged in India.

Among the ten states with most active cases, Karnataka, Tami 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 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 Hyderabad in Telangana, Gurugram in Haryana, and Kancheepuram in Tamil Nadu.

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So far, 322 districts have had deaths in the country. Mumbai (1,638 deaths) has reported the most deaths among all districts, followed by Ahmedabad (1,015) in Gujarat, Pune (403) and Thane (348) in Maharashtra, and Kolkata (254) in West Bengal. These five districts now account for 58 percent of deaths in the country.

Chennai (221) in Tamil Nadu, Indore (155) in Madhya Pradesh, Jaipur (112) in Rajasthan, Jalgaon (109) in Maharashtra, and Solapur (104) in Maharashtra are the other districts with the highest tolls. The top ten districts account for 70 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 47.74 lakh samples have been tested so far, including 1.08 lakh in the past 24 hours.

Meanwhile, the global coronavirus case count has crossed 7 million, with over 400,000 deaths, and more than 3.1 million recoveries.

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