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Business News/ News / India/  Mint Covid Tracker: Deaths in India rising faster than most other countries

The number of reported coronavirus cases in India rose 14 percent over the past two days to 52,952, data from the morning update of the ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW) showed. This is a slower rate of increase compared to the previous 48 hours, when the reported case count rose 17 percent to 46,433.

So far this week, the number of cases has gone up by 25 percent (between Monday morning and Thursday morning). This is a faster rate of increase compared to the previous three days, when confirmed cases had risen by 22 percent.

Although India’s coronavirus trajectory has tapered over the past couple of weeks, it continues to be steeper compared to several Asian peers such as Japan and Indonesia. Compared to neighbours Bangladesh and Pakistan, the rise in infections is slower in India.

Compared to Western nations where the virus has claimed more lives, the trajectories of most Asian countries, including India, have been flatter. Yet, with new infections declining, the worst may be over for several European countries. In many Asian countries, new infections are still rising.

India’s case count is now roughly double what it was eleven days ago. This is a much slower rate compared to early-April, when cases were doubling every four days. Deaths have also seen slower rise compared to the trend in early-April but have picked up pace over the past week. India’s death toll from covid-19 as of today morning was 1,783, roughly double what it was ten days ago.

At the current rate of compounded daily growth, the number of cases could rise to 75,000 in the next five days. If this trajectory continues beyond that period, it could overwhelm India’s hospital capacity and strain an already overburdened health system.

At 13,013, Maharashtra leads in terms of the number of active cases, according to the health ministry update this morning. Active cases exclude deaths and recoveries from the list of confirmed cases.

Gujarat has the second most number of active cases (4,729), followed by Delhi (3,925). At 3,278 active cases, Tamil Nadu has the fourth-highest number of active cases, followed by Madhya Pradesh (1,854). Tamil Nadu had dropped out of the top five list but a recent surge in new infections has put it among the top five once again. The top five states together account for 75 percent of the active cases nationally, and the top ten states account for 93 percent of all cases.

Nationally, the active case count was 35,902 as of today morning. These are early days yet and the state-wise distribution could change in the coming days. Testing across states has been uneven and as testing gets ramped up, more cases could come to light in states where reported cases have been low so far.

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Source: MoHFW

Over the past seven days, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, and Delhi have seen the highest spike in cases among the top ten states with most cases. These three states account for 42 percent of all the new active cases in this period. Over the same period, fatalities have surged the most in West Bengal, Gujarat, and Rajasthan. These three states account for 51 percent of all covid-related deaths over the past seven days.

Over the past two days, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Chennai, and Thane districts have seen the biggest spike in confirmed cases nationally. These five districts account for 57 percent of new cases over this period, data compiled by last evening shows. Other districts that have seen a sharp spike over the past two days include Ariyalur and Villupuram in Tamil Nadu, and Nashik in Maharashtra.

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So far, 505 districts have confirmed cases in the country. Mumbai (10,710 cases) has reported the most number of cases nationally among all districts, followed by Ahmedabad (4,176) in Gujarat. Pune (2,202) in Maharashtra, Chennai (2,337) in Tamil Nadu, and Indore (1,681) in Madhya Pradesh are the other leading districts. These top five districts now account for 42 percent of confirmed cases in the country.

New Delhi (1,458), Thane (1,404) in Maharashtra, Jaipur (1,076) in Rajasthan, Jodhpur (837) in Rajasthan, and Kolkata (781) in West Bengal are the other high-burden districts which figure in the list of top ten districts. The top ten districts account for 53 percent of the confirmed cases nationally.

Most of India’s hotspots so far have been urban affluent districts, with richer states hit harder than the rest.

The coronavirus case count has crossed 3.7 million globally even as several parts of the country and the world remain under lockdown to contain the pandemic.

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Updated: 07 May 2020, 10:32 AM IST
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