Explained: How the second wave of coronavirus engulfed India | India News
On Thursday, India reported 314,835 cases of Covid-19. This was the highest number of single-day cases reported by any country so far. The United States, during its third wave of the pandemic, had reported 300,310 new cases on January 2, 2021.
The US and India are the only two countries that have consistently reported more than 100,000 cases per day. Brazil had reported its 100,158 highest cases on March 25.
The abrupt and sudden way in which the second wave reached India can be seen in the charts below.
On February 1, India reported 11,427 cases. In less than 60 days, the number surpassed 70,000 and surpassed the three lakh mark in the next 20 days.
If the number of confirmed cases is broken down into months, the catastrophic increase in the number of cases in April is evident.
The second wave of coronavirus in India was led by an increase in the number of cases in Maharashtra. Four southern Indian states – Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh – completed the list of the five most affected states in the past three months.
Maharashtra contributed 63% of the country’s total cases. Since January, the state has contributed 19%, 37%, 63% and 32% of the total monthly cases reported in the country.
The increase in cases appears to stabilize in April in Maharashtra. The drop in the number of cases occurs immediately after the imposition of the blockade by the state.
In February, the number of people who died from coronavirus nearly halved compared to the previous month. However, the death toll began to rise as cases increased in March. In the 20 days of April, there have been more than 22,000 Covid-related deaths.
In March, Maharashtra was contributing up to 46% of the total Covid-related deaths in the country. In April, the percentage of deaths dropped to 33%.
The severity of the coronavirus crisis in Maharashtra can be seen in the chart below. While the rest of the states reported fewer than 15,000 deaths, Maharashtra’s cumulative death toll surpassed the 50,000 mark.