India’s case count has now roughly doubled in the last thirteen days. The death toll from covid-19 has also roughly doubled to what it was fifteen days ago. At this rate of growth, the number of cases could cross 1.5 lakh in five days’ time. The continuing rise in cases poses a severe challenge for India’s strained medical capacity and overburdened health system.
At 28,462, Maharashtra leads in terms of the number of active cases. Next on the list is Tamil Nadu with 7,591 active cases, followed by Gujarat, with 6,644 patients still under treatment. Delhi is fourth on the list with 5,898 active cases and Madhya Pradesh fifth with 2,868. The top five states together account for 78 percent of the active cases nationally, and the top ten states account for 91 percent of all cases. Nationally, the active case count was 66,330 as of Friday morning.
Over the past seven days, Bihar, Karnataka, and Madhya Pradesh have seen the highest spike in active cases among the ten states with the most cases, which have 14 percent of all new covid cases in the past seven days. Over the same period, fatalities have surged the most in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and Bihar, which account for 14 percent of all covid-related deaths in the past seven days.
India’s case fatality rate continues to hover around 3%. Among all states, the case fatality rates are the lowest in Odisha (0.6%), Kerala (0.6%), and Bihar (0.6%). So far, 597 districts have had confirmed cases in the country. Most of India’s hotspots so far have been urban affluent districts, with richer states hit harder than the rest.