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The number of reported coronavirus cases in India rose 7.2 percent over the last two days to 566,840, latest data from the ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW) showed. This is slower than the 7.8 percent growth in the preceding 48-hour period.

The death toll has reached 16,893 after growing 5 percent over the last two days. This is slightly slower than the growth in the preceding 48-hour period, when it went up by 5.2 percent.

The death count in India has nearly doubled in the last eighteen days. The number of infections is now twice what it was nineteen days ago, and if it continues to rise at the same rate, could hit the 600,000 mark in two days and 700,000 in six days.

The continuing rise in cases poses a severe challenge for India’s strained medical capacity and overburdened health system.

Over the past few weeks, new infections and deaths have been rising faster in India than in most other badly-hit countries. The country’s death toll is the eighth worst in the world. Among countries with more than 5,000 deaths, India has recorded the third biggest spike in deaths and the biggest jump in confirmed cases over the past week.

Maharashtra now has 7,610 deaths, and Delhi’s toll has risen to 2,680. Gujarat is next on the list with 1,827 deaths, followed by Tamil Nadu (1,141), and Uttar Pradesh (672). These five states have recorded 83 percent of all covid-related deaths in India so far. Deaths have surged the most in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu in the last seven days. Gujarat’s toll has been rising much slower than other badly-hit states.

The case fatality rates vary widely. Five states have a higher fatality rate than the national average of 3 percent - Gujarat (5.7%), Maharashtra (4.5%), Madhya Pradesh (4.2%), West Bengal (3.6%) and Delhi (3.1%).

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 73,313 patients still under treatment, the most in the country, followed by Tamil Nadu with 37,334 active cases and Delhi with 26,246. With their recent spike in infections, Telangana is now fourth on the list with 9,559 active cases and Andhra Pradesh fifth with 7,479. Out of the 215,125 active cases in India as of Tuesday morning, the top five states together have 72 percent and the top ten states account for 85 percent. Active cases exclude deaths and recoveries from the list of confirmed cases.

As of Monday, 334,821 patients (59%) have now been discharged in India.

Among the ten states and union territories with the most active cases, Telangana, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh have seen the highest percentage spike over the past seven days. The jump in active cases in Telangana in the last few days may simply reflect a reporting effect. Telangana had seen a slowdown in testing earlier. But the number of tests went up significantly after courts intervened in the matter.

Among districts, Thane, Chennai, Mumbai, Pune, and Hyderabad have seen the biggest jump 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 Bengaluru in Karnataka and Palghar, Aurangabad and Raigad in Maharashtra.

District-wise data for Delhi are unavailable and hence not part of this list. The national capital (85,161 cases) is otherwise the worst-affected city, followed by Mumbai (76,761).

Jump in cases over the past two days
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Jump in cases over the past two days
 418 districts have confirmed covid-19 deaths so far.
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418 districts have confirmed covid-19 deaths so far.

So far, at least 418 districts have had deaths in the country. Mumbai (4,394 deaths) has reported the most deaths among all districts, followed by Ahmedabad (1,430) in Gujarat, Thane (859) in Maharashtra, Chennai (847) in Tamil Nadu, and Pune (768) in Maharashtra. These five districts account for 60 percent of deaths in the country.

Kolkata (372) in West Bengal, Solapur (271), Aurangabad (248) and Jalgaon (235) in Maharashtra, and Indore (222) in Madhya Pradesh are the other districts with the highest tolls. The top ten districts account for 69 percent of all the deaths nationally. 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, around 8.6 million samples have been tested so far, including 210,292 on Monday.

Meanwhile, the global coronavirus case count has crossed 10.2 million, with more than 500,000 deaths, and more than 5.2 million recoveries (51%).

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