Graphic by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint
Graphic by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint
Text Size:

New Delhi: The daily Covid tally recorded a new high of 56,282 in the last 24 hours and there were 904 deaths, the highest casualties on a day when no state has updated pending death figures.

There is a marginal dip in the rate of transmission but there is no doubt that the disease graph is still in its growth phase in the country. Though the positivity rate remained below 10 nationally, testing in Delhi is in a virtual free fall. However, the positivity in the national capital is now inching towards the WHO “ideal” of 5 per cent, which is good news.

Rate of transmission

Graphic by Shipra Kapoor | ThePrint
Graphic by Shipra Kapoor | ThePrint

The R value, which estimates the rate of transmission of an infection, has dipped slightly this week from 1.17 a week ago. It estimates the average number of people one Covid positive person ends up infecting.

Active cases

Graphic by Shipra Kapoor | ThePrint
Graphic by Shipra Kapoor | ThePrint

The total active cases in the country are now 5,95,501. This is a little over a quarter of the total cases in the country.

Number of deaths

Graphic by Shipra Kapoor | ThePrint
Graphic by Shipra Kapoor | ThePrint

Yet another psychological barrier has now been breached in the daily deaths after they touched 900 Thursday morning. The mortality rate is 2 per cent now, riding on the back of over 50,000 cases every day and not an actual reduction in deaths.

Mortality rate

Graphic by Shipra Kapoor | ThePrint
Graphic by Shipra Kapoor | ThePrint

There are wide variations in the mortality rate of states. Those with mortality rates higher than the national average are West Bengal, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Maharashtra and Gujarat.

Daily tests

Graphic by Shipra Kapoor | ThePrint
Graphic by Shipra Kapoor | ThePrint

In the last 24 hours, 6,64,949 tests were conducted. So far, 2,21,49,351 tests have been done in India. Tests are an important parameter because low tests can cause cases to be missed. As WHO had said early on in March, “test test test”.

Positivity rate

Graphic by Shipra Kapoor | ThePrint
Graphic by Shipra Kapoor | ThePrint

The positivity rate on Thursday stood at 8.4 per cent. This is an improvement from last week when the positivity rate has remained high since just 3.8-5.2 lakh tests were being done every day.

Recovered cases

Graphic by Shipra Kapoor | ThePrint
Graphic by Shipra Kapoor | ThePrint

In the last seven months, 13,28,336 people got Covid and also recovered from it. In the last 24 hours alone, 46,121 people were declared disease free.

Total cases

The total cases are now within touching distance of 2 million, a landmark which will likely be reached this Friday. It is, however, the daily positives — 56,282 in the last 24 hours — that are a cause of concern.

High burden states

Graphic by Shipra Kapoor | ThePrint
Graphic by Shipra Kapoor | ThePrint

In the last 24 hours in Karnataka, 5,619 people were diagnosed with Covid and 100 died, taking the total toll to 2,812. The state has a doubling time of just under 17 days and the cumulative positivity rate is a little less than 10.

Graphic by Shipra Kapoor | ThePrint
Graphic by Shipra Kapoor | ThePrint

Maharashtra, the state with the highest Covid burden in the country, continues to record high daily numbers — 10,309 cases and 334 deaths in the last 24 hours. The total is now 4,68,265, almost a quarter of the national Covid burden.

Graphic by Shipra Kapoor | ThePrint
Graphic by Shipra Kapoor | ThePrint

Tamil Nadu reported 5,175 cases and 112 deaths in the last 24 hours. The doubling time is just over 32 days and the total now stands at 2,73,460

Graphic by Shipra Kapoor | ThePrint
Graphic by Shipra Kapoor | ThePrint

Andhra Pradesh, according to government projections, has the highest growth trajectory right now in the country. It reported 10,128 cases in the last 24 hours and 77 deaths.

Graphic by Shipra Kapoor | ThePrint
Graphic by Shipra Kapoor | ThePrint

In the last 24 hours, Delhi reported 1,076 cases and 11 deaths. Though the testing numbers are falling, the 6.4 per cent positivity rate is reassuring as is the fact that the doubling time is now close to 100 days in the city.

Tests and positive cases

Graphic by Shipra Kapoor | ThePrint
Graphic by Shipra Kapoor | ThePrint

Delhi’s testing free fall continues, registering just 16,785 tests in the last 24 hours, of which 11,915 were antigen tests. Maharashtra on the other hand is the leader with 73,895 tests.

Subscribe to our channels on YouTube & Telegram

Why news media is in crisis & How you can fix it

India needs free, fair, non-hyphenated and questioning journalism even more as it faces multiple crises.

But the news media is in a crisis of its own. There have been brutal layoffs and pay-cuts. The best of journalism is shrinking, yielding to crude prime-time spectacle.

ThePrint has the finest young reporters, columnists and editors working for it. Sustaining journalism of this quality needs smart and thinking people like you to pay for it. Whether you live in India or overseas, you can do it here.

Support Our Journalism

1 Comment Share Your Views

1 COMMENT

  1. Sir, The technical term for the ” reproduction value ” is referred to as R0 or R Naught. That is how epidemologists refer please.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here