New Delhi: With more than than 63 per cent of the country’s active cases concentrated in seven states and union territories — Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Punjab — Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to hold a meeting with their chief ministers Wednesday.
These states and UTs also account for 65.5 per cent of the total confirmed cases and 77 per cent of the total deaths. Punjab and Delhi have reported an increase in the number of active cases recorded, recently.
Currently, India has less than 10 lakh active cases. The government has allowed rational use of ‘investigational therapies’ like remdesivir, convalescent plasma therapy and Tocilizumab to treat Covid-19.
Adoption of measures such as use of high flow oxygen, non-invasive ventilation, use of steroids, proning (making patients lie on their stomach) and anti-coagulants (medicines that prevent blood clots) have resulted in a high recovery rate in Covid patients.
Number of deaths
The upward trajectory of the daily deaths graph seems to have calmed down a little with 1,053 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours. This takes the total death toll to 88,935 with a case fatality rate of 1.59 per cent. Among the states that are part of the Prime Minister’s review meeting Wednesday, Punjab has the highest case fatality rate in the country.
There are currently 13 states in the country, such as Kerala, Odisha and Jharkhand, where the case fatality rate is less than one — the target set by PM Modi in a review meeting some time back. Maharashtra has now replaced Gujarat at the number two spot, behind Punjab, with the second-highest case fatality rate in the country.
The number of tests conducted went up to 9,33,185 in the last 24 hours, taking the total to 6,53,25,779. However, the number of tests on weekdays have remained within the 8-12 lakh range for several weeks now. Serological survey results across the country indicate that testing has to increase manifold in India to curb infection rates.
The slight dip in the number of new cases has brought the positivity rate down to 8 per cent. The ideal positivity rate, according to the World Health Organization, is 5 per cent — a level that still seems far off. India has decided to put 10 per cent as the benchmark, beyond which states have to increase testing.
More than 1 lakh (1,01,468) new recoveries have been registered in the last 24 hours in the country. With this, the total number of recoveries is nearly 45 lakh (44,97,867) and the recovery rate has touched 80.86 per cent. The number of fresh cases also came down slightly to 75,083 in the last 24 hours.
India, currently, has recorded 55,62,663 total cases of Covid-19, which makes it the country with the second-highest disease burden in the world, after the US. About 80 per cent of these are recovered cases, even though daily death numbers have been high.
High burden states
Uttar Pradesh has reported 4,618 cases and 88 deaths in the last 24 hours. It has recorded a total of 3,58,893 cases of which 64,164 are active. The case fatality rate stands at 1.43 per cent, which is less than the national average of 1.59 per cent.
Andhra Pradesh has recorded a total of 6,31,749 cases of which 6,235 were reported in the last 24 hours, along with 51 deaths. The case fatality rate is less than 1, which is the target that has been set for all states.
Of Karnataka’s 5,26,876 cases, 95,354 are currently active. In the last 24 hours, 7,339 cases and 122 deaths were reported. The state currently has a doubling time of close to 42 days.
Maharashtra has the highest case load in the country with 12,24,380 cases. The state has so far seen 33,015 deaths and has a case fatality rate of 2.73 per cent. In the last 24 hours 346 people died.
Tamil Nadu has reported 5,334 cases and 60 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking its total number of Covid cases to 5,47,337. The state currently has 46,495 active cases and its case fatality rate is marginally above the national average at 1.62 per cent.
Tests and positive cases
Between 19.5 per cent in Maharashtra and 3.4 per cent in Uttar Pradesh, the positivity rates in the high burden states vary as widely as their testing numbers. Uttar Pradesh conducted the most tests in the last 24 hours and Karnataka the least, despite the fact that the latter has a daily positivity rate of 17 per cent.