(TibetanReview.net, Mar26’21) – Covid-19 cases in India during its second wave are increasing more rapidly than ever before. Five days after going past the 3-lakh mark, active cases crossed 4 lakh on Mar 25, making it the fastest 1-lakh increase in the active case count since the beginning of the pandemic in the country, reported the timesofindia.com Mar 26.
Active cases in the country have increased by over 52,000 in the past two days alone, including a single-day highest-ever rise of over 26,400 on Mar 24, the report said.
In the last 15 days, the seven-day rolling average of daily cases had risen 2.6-fold, from 18,379 on Mar 10 to 47,439 on Mar 25. The corresponding increase during the first wave of the pandemic took nearly double the time — 28 days for the average to rise from 18,280 on Jun 29 last year to 46,760 on Jul 27, the report said. The good news was stated to be that during the corresponding period last year, India was recording far more deaths than at present.
The report said that apart from Maharashtra, which was the main reason for India’s surge in cases, at least 17 states posted their highest daily case on Mar 25 since January or earlier. As many as 14 states/UTs have reported their highest single-day surge this year.
The latest data from India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare show that there were 59,118 new Covid-19 cases and 257 new deaths in the country in the past 24 hours as of Mar 26 at 8 AM, taking their cumulative totals to 11,846,652 cases and 160,949 deaths respectively.
A total of 11,264,637, or 95.09%, had recovered while the number of active cases was 421,066, or 3.55% of the total. The case fatality stands at 1.36%.
The latest daily number of new cases, at 59,118, was substantially higher than the daily number of those who had recovered, at 32,987, leading to a big jump in the number of active cases by 25,874.
Ten states have reported more than 1,000 new cases in the last 24 hours, namely Maharashtra (35,952), Punjab (2,661), Karnataka (2,523), Chattisgarh (2,419), Kerala (1,989), Gujarat (1,961), Madhya Pradesh (1,885), Tamil Nadu (1,779), Delhi (1,515), and Haryana (1,053).
Thirteen more states/Union Territories have reported more than 100 new cases in the last 24 hours, namely Uttar Pradesh (830), Rajasthan (715), Andhra Pradesh (758), Telangana (518), West Bengal (516), Himachal Pradesh (315), Chandigarh (226), Uttarakhand (192), Jammu and Kashmir (172), Jharkhand (278), Odisha (214), Bhiar (258), and Goa (189).
Sixteen states/Union Territories have reported 3 or more Covid-19 deaths each in the last 24 hours, namely Maharashtra (111), Punjab (43), Chattisgarh (15), Kerala (12), Tamil Nadu (11), Karnataka (10), Madhya Pradesh (9), Gujarat (7), Haryana (7), Delhi (5), Uttar Pradesh (4), Andhra Pradesh (4), West Bengal (4), Uttar Pradesh (4), Chandigarh (3), and Telangana (3). The rest of the states have reported 2 or less deaths.
India is currently the country with the world’s second highest number of Covid-19 cases and the fourth highest number of deaths in cumulative numbers.
The cumulative total of Covid-19 cases among Tibetans in India, Nepal and Bhutan has increased by 56 to 1,691. Of them 1,565 had recovered, 79 were active and 47 had died, according to the Covid-19 task force of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) at its 52nd weekly briefing on Mar 26. The task force has said 66 new cases were reported during the past one week.
Across the world the number of Covid-19 cases totaled 125,553,998 and the deaths 2,756,566, according to the tally of Johns Hopkins University as of 2:57 PM on Mar 26, 2021.