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India fifth worst-hit by COVID-19: Over 2.46 lakh cases

Contrary to fears, however, the national growth rate of the infection has been going down steadily. For the last three days, between 9,000 and 10,000 new cases are being detected. And yet, the national growth rate has slowed down by more than half a percentage point during this time.

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Politics India India fifth worst-hit by COVID-19: Over 2.46 lakh cases

With over 2.46 lakh cases, India surpassed Spain, becoming the fifth worst-hit nation by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the latest numbers released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the total number of confirmed cases in India stands at 2,46,628 as opposed to Spain’s figures of 2.41 lakh. Now, only the US, Brazil, Russia, and the UK have more cases than India.

The death toll in India stands at 6,929. There are 1.2 lakh active cases, while 1.19 lakh have recovered. Almost half of the fatalities (3,059) occurred in the last fortnight. These deaths remain concentrated — over 80% in 26 districts, the COVID hotspots. But India’s case fatality ratio still remains low — 2.8%. Globally, the coronavirus fatality rate (CFR) is 5.8%. The CFR in other badly hit countries:

  • The US: 5.7%
  • Brazil: 5.5%
  • Russia: 1.2%.

Contrary to fears, the national growth rate of the infection has been going down steadily. For the last three days, between 9,000 and 10,000 new cases are being detected. And yet, the national growth rate has slowed down by more than half a percentage point during this time.

Kaushik Saha writes on Facebook: “I see a few posts which put a picture of various countries where lockdown was imposed and lifted and claims India doing so at a wrong time as cases are increasing.”

“Nothing can be farther from the truth. In terms of absolute number, India is at No. 4 globally (behind US, Germany and Italy) in terms of the number of tests done [This includes pool testing, which means around 10 million people have been tested]”

“Infection rate (number infected/number tested) thus remains less than 3%, and mortality rate, too less than 3%. (Comparing the percentage of population tested and then showing data of absolute numbers in plain and simple data thuggery. India is the 2nd most populated country, fourth-most tested and 6th more infected, 5th most recovered).”

Recovery rate has increased from 12% on 1st April to 32.5% on 1st May to 49.5% on 1st June. This number is higher than the global average (https://lnkd.in/dk3xkhj). Recovered/died ratio has increased from 8 to 12.5 to 18 on the corresponding dates (continued in comments).

However, India is still far behind in number of fatalities caused by the disease. While Italy has recorded 33,774 deaths due to COVID-19, Spain has seen 27,134 fatalities, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) data. In India, the Covid-19 death toll stands at 6,642.

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Union Health Ministry said, India registered a record single-day spike of 9,887 cases and 294 deaths by Saturday 8 am, pushing the tally to 2,36,657. The country registered over 9,000 cases for the third day in a row.

The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 1,15,942. A total of 1,14,073 people have recovered with 4,611 Covid-19 patients having been cured in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said.

The ministry also said that cumulatively 45,24,317 samples have been tested so far with 1,37,938 samples tested in the last 24 hours.

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Ministry data on Saturday morning, the highest number of confirmed cases are from Maharashtra at 80,229, followed by Tamil Nadu at 28,694, Delhi at 26,334, Gujarat at 19,094, Rajasthan at 10,084, Uttar Pradesh at 9,733 and Madhya Pradesh at 8,996.

The number of COVID-19 cases has gone up to 7,303 in West Bengal, 4,835 in Karnataka, 4,596 in Bihar and 4,303 in Andhra Pradesh. It has risen to 3,597 in Haryana, 3,324 in Jammu and Kashmir, 3,290 in Telangana and 2,608 in Odisha.

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