India has crossed 5 million coronavirus tests, while the number of discharged patients now exceeds active cases for the first time
The number of reported coronavirus cases in India rose 7.8 percent over the last two days to 276,583, latest data from the ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW) showed. This is slightly slower than the pace in the preceding 48-hour period, when the number of cases went up 8.4 percent.
The death toll has reached 7,745, after growing 8.5 percent over the last two days. The number had risen 7.4 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 in two days.
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.
At 3,289 deaths, Maharashtra has the highest toll in the country so far due to covid-19, followed by Gujarat (1,313), Delhi (905), Madhya Pradesh (420), and West Bengal (415). 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 6.2 percent, Gujarat has the worst fatality rate, followed by West Bengal, where 4.6 percent of those who tested positive for coronavirus have died. Madhya Pradesh is next with 4.3 percent. India’s case fatality rate is 2.8 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 44,860 patients still under treatment, the most in the country, followed by Delhi with 18,543 active cases and Tamil Nadu with 16,282. Gujarat is fourth on the list with 5,336 active cases and West Bengal fifth with 4,950 cases. Out of the 133,632 active cases in India as of Wednesday 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 135,206 patients (49%) have now been discharged in India. For the first time since the outbreak, India has more recovered patients than active cases.
Among the ten states and union territories with most active cases, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, and Tamil Nadu have seen the highest percentage spike over the past seven days.
Among districts, Chennai, Mumbai, Thane, Ahmedabad, and Gurugram have seen the biggest jump in confirmed cases in the last two days. These five districts account for 41 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 Pune in Maharashtra, Kancheepuram in Tamil Nadu, and Kolkata in west Bengal.
So far, 328 districts have had deaths in the country. Mumbai (1,760 deaths) has reported the most deaths among all districts, followed by Ahmedabad (1,066) in Gujarat, Pune (426) and Thane (372) in Maharashtra, and Kolkata (265) in West Bengal. These five districts now account for 58 percent of deaths in the country.
Chennai (253) in Tamil Nadu, Indore (158) in Madhya Pradesh, Jaipur (118) in Rajasthan, Jalgaon (115) in Maharashtra, and Solapur (112) 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 5.06 million samples have been tested so far, including 145,216 in the past 24 hours.
Meanwhile, the global coronavirus case count has crossed 7.2 million, with over 410,000 deaths, and more than 3.3 million recoveries (45.8%).