New Delhi: After a day’s respite, daily Covid deaths crossed the 1,100-mark once again and the positivity rate is on the rise as well.
In the past 24 hours, 80,472 new cases were reported and 76 per cent of these were from 10 states and Union Territories. Maharashtra has contributed the maximum number of cases, registering nearly 15,000 in the past day, followed by Karnataka with more than 10,000 cases.
India continues to report a declining percentage of active cases vis-a-vis total positive cases. Presently, the active cases account for only 15.11 per cent of the total positive cases recorded in the country, standing at 9,40,441. From 33.32 per cent on 1 August to 15.11 per cent on 30 September, the active cases have less than halved in two months.
Number of deaths
A total of 1,179 Covid fatalities have been reported in the past 24 hours. Of these, nearly 85 per cent are concentrated in 10 states and Union Territories — Maharashtra, Karnataka, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh. More than 36 per cent of new fatalities were reported from Maharashtra (430 deaths).
The case fatality rate in Punjab is now inching towards 3, even as the national figure has settled at 1.57 per cent. Gujarat’s CFR was the same as yesterday while Maharashtra has gone down a little. Delhi and West Bengal are tied at 1.93.
In the last 24 hours, India tested 10,86,688 samples, taking the total number of tests done to 7,41,96,729. So far, about 53,636 tests per million population have been conducted in India, compared to 3,20,307 tests per million in the US and 84,064 tests in Brazil. US, India and Brazil are the top three countries with the highest Covid caseload.
The sample positivity rate is rising again, standing at 7.4 per cent today. It is a measure of whether testing is keeping up with the spread of an infection in the community. India has the capacity to test 15 lakh samples per day and is aiming to achieve a positivity rate of 5 per cent.
India’s recovery rate stands at 83.33 per cent today. A total of 86,428 patients have recovered and were discharged in the last 24 hours. The total recovered cases stand at 51,87,825. The gap between recovered and active cases has crossed 42 lakh (42,47,384). With increasing number of recoveries, this gap is continuously widening.
In the last 24 hours, 80,472 new confirmed cases were recorded and 76 per cent of these were from 10 states and Union Territories. India has registered a total of 62,25,763 cases, as of Wednesday.
Tamil Nadu has a total of 5,91,943 cases, of which 46,281 are active. In the last 24 hours, the state reported 5,546 cases and 70 deaths. However, its case fatality rate, at 1.60 per cent, is higher than the national average.
Andhra Pradesh’s total number of active Covid cases is 59,435. The total disease burden in the country currently is 6,87,351 cases, of which 6,190 cases and 35 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.
Of Maharashtra’s total Covid caseload of 13,66,129 cases, 2,60,789 are currently active. This is also the highest in the country, which means Maharashtra will potentially continue to be the worst-hit state for some time to come. Active cases are the base on which an infectious disease grows.
In Karnataka, 10,453 cases and 136 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. The state’s total caseload, so far, stands at 5,92,911 of which 1,07,756 cases are active. The case fatality rate is at 1.48 per cent, which is lower than the national average of 1.57 per cent.
Uttar Pradesh’s total cases, currently, stand at 3,94,856 of which 52,160 are active cases. In the last 24 hours, the state reported 3,981 cases and 63 deaths. Its case fatality rate is 1.45 per cent.
Testing and positive cases
Uttar Pradesh’s testing numbers continue to scale new heights every day. Maharashtra, in the last 24 hours, tested half of what UP did, despite the former’s high positivity rate. Almost all of Tamil Nadu’s 84,163 tests were RT-PCR tests.