India’s COVID case doubling time rose three instances over two months

Aditi Tandon

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 15

India is reporting a progressively high increase in the recoveries and a persistent decline in the percentage active cases.

As a result, the doubling time of the infection has sharply improved.

It is now almost 73 days (72.8 days).

This indicates a substantial fall in the daily new cases and the consequent increase in time taken to double the total cases.

India has come a long way from registering a doubling rate of 25.5 days in mid August to now registering a doubling rate of nearly 73 days.

“This is the result of collaborative action by States and UTs under the Centre’s strategy of comprehensive and high countrywide testing, prompt and effective surveillance and tracking, quick hospitalization and effective adherence of the Standard Treatment Protocol issued by the Union Government. This is also the combined outcome of the selfless service and dedication of doctors, paramedics, frontline workers and all other COVID warriors,” Health Ministry said.

Doubling time has increased from August 16 (26.3 days), September 6 (32.5 days), September  27 (46.7 days) to October 15 (72.8 days).

The countrywide growing awareness regarding adoption of COVID appropriate behaviour has aided in curbing spread of the infection and seeking timely treatment, said the government.

Around 81,514 new recoveries were added in the last 24 hour. With this, the total number of recoveries are nearly 64 Lakh (63,83,441).

Higher number of single day recoveries is also reflected in the continuous increase in the national recovery rate, which is now 87.36 pc.

Ten states and UTs account for 79 per cent of the new recovered cases.

Maharashtra has contributed more than 19,000 to the single day recoveries followed by Karnataka with more than 8,000 recoveries.

Presently the active cases comprise 11.12 pc of the total positive cases of the country standing at 8,12,390.

They have been below the 9 lakh mark for a week now.

Of the 67,708 new confirmed cases in the last 24 hours, 77 per cent are from 10 states and UTs. Maharashtra has the highest number with  more than 10,000 cases followed by Karnataka with more than 9,000 cases.

Of the 680 case fatalities in 24 hours (daily fatalities have remained below 1000 since 12 days), nearly 80 per cent  are concentrated in 10 states and UTs.

More than 23 per cent  of new fatalities reported are from Maharashtra (158 deaths) alone.

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