Another single day spike in cases in India, Total reaches 125,101

covid cases spike in India

According to data by the Union health ministry, India reports another highest single-day spike with 6,654 new cases in 24 hours on Saturday. The total has reached to 125,101.

It is the third time that the country reported the biggest one-day rise in the number of infections.

The deaths stand at 3,720 on Saturday after 137 people died in the last 24 hours, the health ministry’s dashboard showed.

Also, the recovery rate has gone up to 41%. 51,783 people are cured.

According to government data by NITI Aayog member Vinod Paul on Friday, lockdown 1 and 2 have managed to slow down the virus transmission rate.

Paul said,

“The situation would have been much worse, as the data suggests. We have about 95% confidence level on the data generated out of all this analysis, which is proof enough to say that the country is on the right track. Having said that, this kind of analysis is always prone to improvisations, depending on the kind of data that’s fed,”.

According to the government, the lockdown meant to slow the disease transmission. It will give enough time to upgrade the health infrastructure in terms of hospital beds, testing capacity, and trained human resources.

Around 80% of the Covid-19 cases are in five states. And 90% of the cases are spread largely across 10 states.

The states are Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Delhi, MP, Rajasthan, UP, West Bengal, Bihar, and Karnataka. 70% of the cases are in these cities—Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Ahmadabad, Thane, Pune, Indore, Kolkata, Hyderabad, and Aurangabad.

Also,  95% of Covid-19 deaths are from 10 states and 70% from 10 cities.

The most affected states in terms of deaths are Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka. And the cities where maximum deaths are Mumbai, Ahmadabad, Pune, Delhi, Kolkata, Indore, Thane, Jaipur, Chennai, and Surat.

The cases of other states are as follows:
  • Maharashtra has more than 44,000 Covid-19 cases. Also, 1,517 people have died.
  • Tamil Nadu has 14,753 infections and Gujarat has reported 13,268 cases.
  • Delhi is the fourth worst-hit region in the country with 12,319.

The Union health ministry has also issued an advisory for hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) as a prophylactic to prevent them from contracting the infection.

Also, according to experts, the medicine is not for patients suffering from heart diseases, hypersensitivity etc. The drug is also not for children under 15 years of age, pregnant and lactating women.

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