New Delhi: After a gap of about a week, the daily casualties figure because of Covid has shot past the 1,000-mark again even as the testing numbers show significant daily fluctuations.
While India has the capacity to test 10 lakh samples a day, in the last few days, that high has been achieved only once; on Sunday it dipped by almost 40 per cent. This has meant that the positivity rate is showing wide fluctuations too.
This is the actual caseload in the country. This is only about 21.87 per cent of the total cases reported so far. However, India has been consistently reporting the highest daily positives everyday for many days now. In the last 24 hours, 67,151 positives were reported.
Number of deaths
The number of deaths because of Covid-19 showed a sharp upswing yet again with 1,059 casualties being reported in the last 24 hours. This takes the total toll in the country to 59,449.
The case fatality rate at the national level currently stands at 1.84 per cent though there are massive variations between states. This ranges from 3.30 per cent in Gujarat to 0.09 per cent in Dadar & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu.
The oscillations in India’s daily testing numbers continue. In the last 24 hours, 8,23,992 tests were done. The total tests done so far is 3,76,51,512. The director general of ICMR, Dr Balram Bhargava said Tuesday that India is currently capable of doing a million tests a day — a number that it touched only once last week.
It is not a coincidence that sections of this graph look like the testing graph in inverse. The two are closely related with the positivity rate tending to go up whenever the number of tests dip. The fluctuations have been high in the last few weeks in both.
The daily recovery number has been more than 60,000 for many days now. The recovery of 63,173 Covid-19 patients in the last 24 hours has taken the cumulative recoveries to 24,67,758. This has further contributed to the rapidly widening chasm between the percentage of recoveries and percentage of active cases.
India has now reported more than 32 lakh (3.2 million) Covid cases. The number of recoveries in India today exceeded the active cases by 3.5 times, which is a figure the government cites to make its case that the pandemic is under control.
High burden states
Maharashtra reported a total of 7,03,823 cases so far, accounting for over a fifth of the country’s Covid burden. At 3.28 per cent, the case fatality rate is the second highest in the country.
Andhra Pradesh recorded 9,927 cases and 92 deaths in the last 24 hours. The state now has a doubling time of 25.6 days and a recovery rate of 74.87 per cent. The disease is growing at the rate of 2.80 per cent.
Tamil Nadu, the state with the second largest Covid burden in the country, accounts for almost a third of the total cases in the country along with Maharashtra. In the last 24 hours, it saw 5,951 cases and 107 deaths.
Uttar Pradesh, despite testing as much as it is, has a very low level of new daily cases. The state reported just about 5,006 cases in the last 24 hours along with 72 tests. The doubling time is 25.5 days and the case fatality rate is 1.55 per cent.
Karnataka, with 8,161 cases and 148 deaths in the last 24 hours, now has a total Covid tally of 2,91,826 cases, with a case fatality rate of 1.71 per cent and a growth rate of 2.77 per cent.
Tests and positive cases
Uttar Pradesh has again scaled the lakh peak in testing, the only high burden state to do so. Maharashtra too has upped its testing game to test 87,183 samples in the last 24 hours.