Covid-19: India @50,00,000, Inching Towards Number 1 In World

India’s first case was reported on January 30 and reached one million cases more than five months later on July 16 but it took just 13 days to go from three million to four million cases. India passed three million coronavirus disease cases on August 23 and crossed four million mark on September 4.

The spread of the novel coronavirus in India has quickened in the last few days with new infections are rising rapidly. While India’s Covid-19 case tally crosses 50 lakh mark today. India leads the world in new cases reported each day and set a global record last week with 97,570 cases reported in a single day.

India’s first case was reported on January 30 and reached one million cases more than five months later on July 16 but it took just 13 days to go from three million to four million cases. India passed three million coronavirus disease cases on August 23 and crossed four million mark on September 4.

India may witness over seven million Covid-19 cases by the first week of October, surpassing the US and emerging as the country with the highest number of infections, a team of researchers from BITS Pilani, Hyderabad said on Friday.

Amid a spurt in Covid-19 cases, the government on Tuesday said India learnt from the experience of nations that suffered high mortalities and was able to “distribute the curve” of coronavirus infection due to a “very effective” lockdown and avoid the “huge peak” those countries had in terms of deaths.

Director-General of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Dr Balram Bhargava, hailed a very effective lockdown for India not experiencing a “huge peak” as some of the European countries.

At a press conference, Bhargava also said reinfection was “very, very rare” with Covid-19, but it can happen as had been seen in a case in Hong Kong. He, however, said it is not a matter of serious concern. Talking about India’s Covid-19 fight, he said, “If you look at the countries of Europe and the United States, they had a peak and then they came down and during that peak whether it was Spain, the UK or Sweden or Italy, there were the huge number of mortalities.”

“We distributed the curve in such a way that we did not have those large number of deaths and that was attributable scientifically because of a very effective lockdown that was imposed in the month’s late March, April and May. So, we did not really have a huge peak from that perspective,” he added.

Asserting that India has one of the largest numbers of Covid-19 recoveries, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said there are 14 states and union territories (UTs) in the country where the number of active cases is less than 5,000. Bhushan said there are 18 states and UTs in the country where the total number of active cases are between 5,000 and 50,000, while there are only four states with more than 50,000 active cases. India’s cases per million population are amongst the lowest in the world, which stands at 3,573 while the global average is 3,704, he said.

Bhushan also underlined that India’s Covid-19 deaths per million population at 58 is also amongst the lowest in the world and the global average is 118. Asserting that there has been a progressive rise in India’s Covid-19 testing, he said, “We took 27 days to double our testing from 1 crore to 2 crores.

However, we took only 10 days to jump from 4 crore tests to 5 crore tests.” Highlighting the high number of recoveries in India, Bhushan said more than 38.5 lakhs patients have recovered and the number was among the highest in the world with Johns Hopkins University data stating that India has the highest recoveries.

Bhushan said that five states — Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu — account for 60 per cent of the total active cases in the country. He also said active cases (9,90,061) are only one-fifth of 20 per cent of the total cases (38,59,399) and the recovery rate stands at 78.28 per cent

The total number of active cases in the country stands at 9,90,061 as on date.

Close to half (48.8%) of the Active Cases are concentrated in three states; Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Kerala and Telangana contribute close to a quarter (24.4%) of the Active Cases.

Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu contribute 60.35% of the total Active Cases and are also reporting close to 60% (59.42%) of the total recovered cases.

1,054 case fatalities have been reported in the past 24 hours. Of the total deaths, nearly 69% are concentrated in five State/UTs of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Delhi. More than 37% of deaths reported are from Maharashtra (29,894 deaths).The State reported 34.44% of the deaths in the last 24 hours (363 deaths).

Cases are rising rapidly and from the team of Healthwire Media, we request you to stay safe and protect yourself by washing hands frequently with soap and water and practising physical distancing wearing face masks.

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