Mint Covid Tracker: Mumbai toll crosses 1,000 - a quarter of all deaths in India

Five districts - Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Pune, Kolkata and Indore - alone account for 60 percent of all deaths in the country so far

Sriharsha Devulapalli, Pooja Dantewadia
Updated26 May 2020
Passengers arrive at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport following the resumption of domestic flight services during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, in Mumbai. (ANI Photo)
Passengers arrive at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport following the resumption of domestic flight services during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, in Mumbai. (ANI Photo)

The number of reported coronavirus cases in India rose 10 percent over the last two days to 145,380, latest data from the ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW) showed. This is slightly slower than the 11 percent growth in the preceding 48 hours.

Meanwhile, the death toll reached 4,169, rising 8 percent over the same period. This is roughly in line with the rate of growth in the preceding 48 hours.

The death count in India has nearly doubled in the last sixteen days. The number of infections is now twice what it was thirteen days ago, and given the rate of growth in this period, could hit the 200,000-mark in a week.

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 in four digits, India has recorded the second fastest increase in confirmed cases and fourth biggest jump in deaths over the past week. Only Brazil, now the second worst-hit country after the United States, has had a worse spike in the case tally.

At 1,695 deaths, Maharashtra has the highest toll in the country so far due to covid-19, followed by Gujarat (888), Madhya Pradesh (300), West Bengal (278) and Delhi (276). These five states have recorded 82 percent of all covid-related deaths in India so far. In the past seven days, deaths have surged the most in Delhi, Tamil Nadu, and Bihar in percentage terms.

The case fatality rates vary widely. In West Bengal, 7.3 percent of those who tested positive for coronavirus have died - the worst fatality rate. Gujarat is next with 6.1 percent deaths, followed by Madhya Pradesh with 4.4 percent. India’s case fatality rate is now 2.9%. Among all states that have had deaths, the case fatality rates are the lowest in Bihar (0.5%), Odisha (0.5%), and Kerala (0.6%).

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 now has 35,186 patients still under treatment, the most in the country, followed by Tamil Nadu with 8,233 active cases and Delhi with 7,006. Gujarat slipped to fourth on the list with 6,936 active cases and Rajasthan fifth with 3,182. Out of the 80,722 active cases in India as of Tuesday morning, the top five states together have 75 percent and the top ten states account for 89 percent. Active cases exclude deaths and recoveries from the list of confirmed cases. As many as 60,491 patients have now been discharged in India.

Over the past seven days, Bihar, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh have seen the highest spike in active cases among the ten states with the most cases.

Among districts, Mumbai, Thane, Chennai, Pune, and Ahmedabad have seen the biggest jump in confirmed cases in the last two days. These five districts account for 55 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 are Raigarh and Palghar in Maharashtra and Kancheepuram in Tamil Nadu.

Source: MOHFW
Source: NDMA

So far, 244 districts have had deaths in the country. Mumbai (1,026 deaths) has reported the most deaths among all districts, followed by Ahmedabad (722) in Gujarat, Pune (271) in Maharashtra, Kolkata (184) in West Bengal, and Indore (115) in Madhya Pradesh. These five districts now account for 60 percent of deaths in the country.

Thane (110) in Maharashtra, Chennai (91) in Tamil Nadu, Jaipur (79) in Rajasthan, Surat (62) in Gujarat, and Ujjain (52) in Madhya Pradesh 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 ramps up its testing. According to the Indian Council for Medical Research, over 31.3 lakh samples have been tested so far, including 92,528 in the past 24 hours.

Meanwhile, the global coronavirus case count has crossed 5.4 million, with over 346,000 deaths, and 2.2 million recoveries.

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