India Records 50% Drop in Daily Covid Cases in Just 3 Weeks Since Peak | India News
The average fell below 2 lakh on Saturday and stood at 1.95,183, almost exactly 50% from the peak of 3.91,263, according to TOI’s Covid database compiled daily from state government figures. The 50% reduction in the average daily cases in the second wave occurred in half the time compared to the first wave of the pandemic in the country.
In the first wave, the average daily cases peaked at 93,735 on September 17. The number was cut in half on October 30, six weeks later.
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The daily death toll has yet to follow the same steep slope. The seven-day average of daily deaths has fallen by around 18% from the peak, not counting the more than 5,000 deaths from previous months added to Maharashtra’s tally during this period.
The seven-day average of daily deaths peaked at 4,040 on May 16. The count is currently 3,324. Actual daily deaths from the pandemic in the country have also not fallen below the 3,000 mark. On Saturday, India recorded 3,080 deaths, roughly the same as the previous day’s death toll of 3,034, again not counting the old deaths that are added to Maharashtra’s tally almost daily.
Interestingly, the rate of case decline almost mirrors the earlier rise in infections during the second wave. While the daily average was cut in half within three weeks, the count was close to half the final peak three weeks earlier. The seven-day average stood at 2.03.949 on April 17, three weeks before cases peaked in the country.
India recorded 1.65,918 new Covid cases on Saturday, a decrease from 1.74 lakh infections detected a day earlier. This was the third consecutive day of daily cases below 2 lakh in the country. Coronavirus cases continued to decline in nearly every northeastern state. Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh reported their highest daily case counts at 1,007 and 497, respectively. Assam also registered 5,613 new cases, close to its highest count of 6,573 reported on May 20.
Tamil Nadu again reported the highest cases (30,016) and deaths from the virus (486) in the country. While the state’s daily case count has started to decline after peaking at 36,184 on May 21, Saturday’s death toll was the highest on record in the state so far. Also on Friday, Tamil Nadu had recorded 486 deaths.