Covid-19: Six states responsible for 83% of new deaths as one-day toll rises to 300

In the past 24 hours, India has reported 312 deaths linked to Covid-19, the highest toll recorded in a single day this year. The last time the country experienced more than 300 deaths was on December 25, 2020, when 336 deaths were reported in 24 hours. Amid the growing number of daily infections, this adds new concern as the death rate, so far, has remained low, despite the obvious onset of the second wave of the pandemic.

Here are 5 points on the current death rate from Covid-19 in the country.

> About 83% of deaths were only reported in six states in the past 24 hours. These conditions are the ones that also signal a peak in daily infections.

> Maharashtra, Punjab, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Delhi and Madhya Pradesh reported the highest number of deaths in the past 24 hours.

> Delhi’s 24-hour death toll is worrying as the capital did not report such a high number of death tolls after January 23. On January 23, there were 10 deaths and 197 new cases. Although the toll is repeating, new cases on Saturday were multiple, with the city reporting 1,558 new cases.

> Maharashtra’s death toll of 166 in 24 hours was the highest in 2021. Punjab reported 45 deaths, while Kerala had 14. In total, 13 deaths were reported in Chhattisgarh, while Delhi and the Madhya Pradesh have reported 10 deaths each.

> Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Lakshadweep, Ladakh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Sikkim, Tripura, A&N Islands, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh have not reported any deaths in the past 24 hours .

The trajectory of new cases in India since July 2020.
The trajectory of new cases in India since July 2020.

New cases, weekly positivity rate

The country has seen a sharp increase in the number of daily cases since March. The 24-hour tally of 62,714 cases is the highest this year. According to data from the Union Ministry of Health, India reported more than 62,000 cases last time in October 2020. After the highest peak in September, daily cases started to decline but a resurgence has was observed again in October following the festivals.

At present, India’s weekly positivity rate is 5.04 percent. Maharashtra, Chadigarh, Punjab, Goa, Pondicherry, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana have a weekly positivity rate above the national average.