Four of ten new cases reported over the past two days were from Chennai, Thane, Pune, Mumbai, and Hyderabad
The number of reported coronavirus cases in India rose 8 percent over the last two days to 395,048, latest data from the ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW) showed. This is faster than the pace in the preceding 48-hour period, when the number of cases went up 7 percent.
The death toll has reached 12,948 after growing 6 percent over the last two days. Deaths had risen 24 percent in preceding 48 hours. However, the sharp jump two days ago was due to the Maharashtra government’s decision to update its data after including 1,328 deaths that took place earlier in the outbreak. Maharashtra is the worst-hit state in India.
This week so far, the deaths have risen 36 percent, and the number of cases 19 percent.
The death count in India has nearly doubled in the last fifteen 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 500,000-mark in a week.
Over the past few weeks, new infections and deaths have been rising faster in India than in most other badly-hit countries. The national toll 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 5,893 deaths, and Delhi’s toll has risen to 2,035. Gujarat is next on the list with 1,618 deaths, followed by Tamil Nadu (666) and West Bengal (529). These five states have recorded 83 percent of all covid-related deaths in India so far. Deaths have surged the most in Haryana, Tamil Nadu, and Delhi in the last seven days.
The case fatality rates vary widely. At 6.2 percent, Gujarat has the worst fatality rate, followed by Maharashtra, where 4.7 percent of those who tested positive for coronavirus have died. Madhya Pradesh is next with 4.3 percent. India’s case fatality rate is 3.3 percent. Among all states and union territories that have had deaths, the case fatality rates are the lowest in Tripura (0.1%), Ladakh (0.1%), 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 55,665 patients still under treatment, the most in the country, followed by Delhi with 27,512 active cases and Tamil Nadu with 23,512. Gujarat is fourth on the list with 6,364 active cases and Uttar Pradesh fifth with 5,659 cases. Out of the 168,269 active cases in India as of Saturday morning, the top five states together have 71 percent and the top ten states account for 82 percent. Active cases exclude deaths and recoveries from the list of confirmed cases.
As many as 213,831 patients (54%) have now been discharged in India.
Among the ten states and union territories with most active cases, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Tamil Nadu have seen the highest percentage spike over the past seven days.
Among districts, Chennai, Thane, Pune, Mumbai, and Hyderabad have seen the biggest jump in confirmed cases in the last two days. These five districts account for 38 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 Ahmedabad in Gujarat, Nashik and Palghar in Maharashtra.
So far, 382 districts have had deaths in the country. Mumbai (3,425 deaths) has reported the most deaths among all districts, followed by Ahmedabad (1,294) in Gujarat, Pune (675) and Thane (610) in Maharashtra, and Chennai (530) in Tamil Nadu. These five districts now account for 61 percent of deaths in the country.
Kolkata (322) in West Bengal, Indore (188) in Madhya Pradesh, Aurangabad (185) in Maharashtra, Jaipur (179) in Rajasthan, and Jalgaon (176) in Maharashtra, are the other districts with the highest tolls. The top ten districts account for 71 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 6.6 million samples have been tested so far, including 189,869 on Friday. Meanwhile, the global coronavirus case count has crossed 8.6 million, with close to 500,000 deaths, and more than 4.2 million recoveries (49%).
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