Five districts report 55% of India’s new cases in last two days

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Five districts report 55% of India’s new cases in last two days

The number of reported coronavirus cases in India rose 11 percent over the past two days to 125,101, data from the morning update of the ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW) showed. This is in line with the rate of growth in the previous 48 hours, when the reported case count rose to 112,359 on Thursday.
So far this week, the number of cases has gone up by 30 percent (between Monday morning and Saturday morning). This is also in line with the rate of growth when compared to the previous five days.
After tapering last month, India’s coronavirus trajectory has picked up this month, with new infections and deaths rising faster than in most other badly-hit countries. Although India reported its first case on January 30, around 74% of India's total cases have been reported in May alone.

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Over the past seven days, Bihar, Karnataka, and Maharashtra have seen the highest spike in active cases among the ten states with the most cases. These three states have 63 percent of all new covid cases in the past seven days. Over the same period, fatalities have surged the most in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and Bihar, which account for 15 percent of all covid-related deaths in the past seven days. Punjab’s count has come down from 1,598 last Saturday to 143 after hundreds of patients were discharged.
But given the uneven testing across the country, the mere decline in daily reported cases may not necessarily imply a peak in new infections, as an Economic and Political Weekly (EPW) research paper by two researchers from the Delhi-based Council for Social Development suggests. They argue that an outbreak can be said to be slowing down only when the number of daily new cases falls without a similar decline in the number of daily tests being conducted.

Gujarat, for example, reported a huge spike over last weekend despite appearing to slow down over the previous week. The state government attributed the increase to a massive testing drive in Ahmedabad. The EPW study says inadequate testing can result in an underestimation of the caseload. Among high-burden states, Delhi and Madhya Pradesh have been the least effective in tracing and testing contacts, the study says.
Among top ten states with most active cases, the case fatality rates are the highest in West Bengal (8%), Gujarat (6%), and Madhya Pradesh (4.4%). India’s case fatality rate continues to hover around 3%. Among all states, the case fatality rates are the lowest in Kerala (0.5%), Bihar (0.5%), and Odisha (0.6%).
Over the past two days, Mumbai, Chennai, Thane, Ahmedabad, and Pune districts have seen the biggest spike in confirmed cases. These five districts account for 55 percent of new cases over this period, data compiled by last evening shows. Other districts that have seen a sharp spike over the past two days are Kolkata and Howrah in West Bengal, and Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh.

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