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How severe is India’s second Covid wave


(This story originally appeared in on Apr 14, 2021)

NEW DELHI: India’s Covid situation is turning grimmer by the day with the country reporting over 1.5 lakh cases daily for the past four days.

As the country reels under the second wave of Covid-19, state governments have started announcing a slew of restrictions to curb public movement and bring the situation under control.

Here’s a snapshot of India’s Covid situation in 10 charts:

India records 1.84 lakh cases in fresh high

On Thursday, India registered over 1.84 lakh fresh cases of coronavirus, its highest-ever surge since the outbreak.

The latest figures have pushed India’s total caseload to 1,38,73,825 while the active cases have soared past the 13.6 lakh mark.

Active cases now comprise 9.84% of the total infections.

Cases surging rapidly

During its first peak last year, it took India just 12 days to go from 5 million (Sept 16) to 6 million (Sept 28) cases.

This gap started increasing after the country witnessed its first peak.

It took India more than 2 months to go from the 10-million mark to the 11-million mark when cases were on a decline during the winters.

However, with the second wave hitting hard, the cases started rising rapidly again with the country taking just 10 days to go from the 12-million mark to the 13-million mark.

States with the highest caseload

When it comes to the total caseload, Maharashtra is followed by the southern states of Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

In at least nine states, the latest case tally was the highest since December or earlier.

These included Kerala, where cases surged to 7,515, the highest since October 31, TN (6,984, the highest since July 27), Andhra Pradesh (4,228, highest since October 13), Jharkhand (2,844, August 31), Uttarakhand (1,925, September 19), Odisha (1,784, October 23), J&K (1,269, September 20), Tripura (62, November 21) and Meghalaya (87, December 13).

Active cases soaring in India

India’s active cases had reached a low of just 1.35 lakh on February 12 this year after crossing the million-mark on September 18, during the first peak.

In the second wave of infections, the active caseload is also much higher.

On Thursday, India’s active caseload reached 1,365,704, a nearly 10-fold rise from what it was just two months ago.

Maharashtra has the highest burden of these active cases at nearly 6 lakh. It is followed by states like Chhattisgarh (1,09,139) and Uttar Pradesh (95,980).

India second worst-hit country in world

India has the second-highest number of Covid cases in the world after the United States.

It had surpassed Brazil earlier this month after staying in the third spot for several weeks.

The country has so far reported more than 1.38 crore Covid cases, which is less than United States (3.27 crore) and more than Brazil (1.36 crore).

Maharashtra continues to be worst-affected state

Despite several states witnessing a spike in cases, Maharashtra continues to be the worst-affected state in the country.

The state reported over 60,000 new cases on Wednesday, its second highest record surge after over 63,000 infections reported on April 12.

India’s richest state has been forced to impose stringent curbs on the movement of people as well as businesses to slow the rising coronavirus infections.

The “Janata curfew” in the state will remain in force till May 1, during which people will be allowed to venture out only for essential activities or during emergency.

Fatalities surging too

Along with the infections, the fatalities are also surging in the second wave.

The death toll on April 14 increased to 1,72,085 with 1,027 new fatalities in 24 hours, the highest since October 18, 2020, the data updated at 8 am showed.

The 1,027 new fatalities include 281 from Maharashtra, 156 from Chhattisgarh, 85 from Uttar Pradesh, 81 from Delhi, 67 each from Gujarat and Karnataka.

A total of 1,72,085 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 58,526 from Maharashtra, 13,008 from Karnataka, 12,945 from Tamil Nadu, 11,436 from Delhi, 10,434 from West Bengal, 9,309 from Uttar Pradesh, 7,609 from Punjab and 7,321 from Andhra Pradesh.

The health ministry has said that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.

More than 11 crore vaccine doses administered in India

Even as the country reels under the second Covid-19 wave, India has been ramping up its vaccination drive.

The cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country stands at more than 11 crore as on April 14.

With 41,69,609 Covid-19 doses given per day, India is among the countries administering maximum number of doses every day, as per the government.

However, while India is one of the fastest countries in the world to vaccinate its people against the coronavirus, given its massive population, only 95.04 million i.e. 6.6 per cent of the population has received at least one vaccine dose.

Additionally, only one per cent of the 136.64 crore India’s population has been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

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