New Delhi: For the past five weeks now, daily recoveries from Covid-19 have exceeded the number of positive cases recorded every day.
This trend has continued even as Delhi scaled new Covid highs in the past few days. The national capital was also pulled up by Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan for its over-reliance on antigen tests.
India’s R value remains constant at 0.88 but there are wide variations among states. However, the good news is that even after Durga Puja, the R value has remained below 1 in West Bengal.
A total of 47,638 cases were recorded in the past 24 hours across the country. The number has declined Friday as in the last two days, the daily cases recorded had crossed the 50,000-mark.
The total active cases in India currently stand at 5,20,773. The active cases now comprise only 6.19 per cent of the total positive cases of the country. The states that are reporting the highest number of new cases are Maharashtra, Kerala and Karnataka.
Number of deaths
In the last 24 hours, 670 people died of Covid-19, taking the total to 1,24,985. Ten states and Union Territories account for nearly 86 per cent of the total deaths. More than 38 per cent of the new fatalities were reported from Maharashtra (256 deaths).
India’s case fatality rate currently stands at 1.49 per cent, which is less than half the global average and also less than half of what it used to be six months ago.
Punjab continues to be on top of the mortality chart at 3.15 while Kerala still has a low CFR of 0.35. Delhi’s number worryingly is still above the national average at a time when it is going through a third wave
In the last 24 hours, 12,20,711 samples were tested. The total number of samples tested till date is 11,54,29,095. India has, so far, conducted 83,359 tests per million population.
The daily positivity rate touched 3.9 per cent while the cumulative test positivity rate, which is recorded since the beginning of the pandemic, stands at 7.29 per cent. The weekly positivity rate is around 4.4 per cent.
The total recovered cases in the country stand at 77,65,966. The gap between recovered cases and active cases is nearing 72.5 lakh (72,45,193).
The national recovery rate has further improved to 92.32 per cent and 80 per cent of the new recovered cases are concentrated in 10 states and Union Territories. Maharashtra has contributed more than 11,000 single day recoveries — the most in the country.
India’s total cases stand at 84,11,724. Despite the fall in daily positives for over a month now, India continues to be the country with the second-highest disease burden in the world, but the gap with the US is fast widening. The US reported more than 1 lakh positive cases yesterday.
Maharashtra recorded 10,244 new cases and 266 deaths in the last 24 hours. The state’s total cases stand at 17,03,444, which includes 44,804 deaths. It currently has 1,07,358 active cases.
The total cases in Andhra Pradesh currently stand at 8,35,953. Of these, 21,878 are active cases. The state has a doubling time of almost 83 days and its CFR is constantly on a downward trajectory, currently standing at 0.83 per cent.
Karnataka has seen 7,051 cases in the last 24 hours along with 84 deaths. The total cases in the state currently stand at 8,38,929, of which about 33,114 are positive cases. The CFR remains below the national average at 1.45 per cent.
Tamil Nadu’s 5,395 cases and 62 deaths in the last 24 hours have taken its total to 7,36,777. However, the state now has a CFR of 1.57 per cent, which is higher than the national average and the doubling time is almost 78 days.
Uttar Pradesh reported 2,969 cases and 63 deaths in the last 24 hours. The state currently has 23,150 active cases while the total Covid load so far is 4,91,354.
Tests and positive cases
Uttar Pradesh remains the leader in testing among the high-burden states but Karnataka is also testing over 1,00,000 samples every day. Maharashtra’s positivity rate has also come down.