Active cases have seen nearly a 3.5-fold increase in April, rising from around 5.8 lakh on March 31 to 20.3 lakh on Monday (April 19). High growth in active cases is directly linked to a sharp rise in new cases. A large pool of active patients puts the healthcare system under stress and increases the probability of a higher number of fatalities.
India recorded 1,693 deaths from the virus on Monday, the highest single-day toll so far. On Sunday, 1,624 fatalities were reported, as per TOI’s data. There were 2,56,990 fresh Covid-19 cases, a slight drop from the record tally of over 2.75 lakh on Sunday. Cases dip every Monday due to lower testing and staff shortages over the weekend. However, this Monday, the drop wasn’t very sharp and the positivity rate rose in many states, indicating that the rise in cases is likely to continue at least over the next few days.
As per worldometers.info, only the US has a higher number of active cases than India at 6.8 million. Brazil has the third-largest number at a little less than 1.2 million. Unlike India, active cases in the US and Brazil are on the decline.
Despite the slight decline in fresh cases from the previous day’s count, seven states reported their highest ever surge in cases on Monday. These included Madhya Pradesh, where 12,897 new infections were detected, Rajasthan (11,967), Gujarat (11,403), Bengal (8,426), Odisha (4,445), Jharkhand (4,290) and Himachal (1,695).
In deaths, Delhi recorded its highest single-day toll from the pandemic at 240. Maharashtra continued to report the highest toll in the country, with 351 deaths in the last 24 hours. Among other states recording a high number of fatalities were Chhattisgarh, where 175 deaths were reported, Uttar Pradesh (167 deaths), Gujarat (117), Punjab (84), Karnataka (81) and Madhya Pradesh (79).
Meanwhile, states, where cases had been low till recently, registered the maximum rise in infections last week (April 12-18). Bihar logged the highest growth among the bigger states, with fresh cases rising 175% (2.75 times) over the previous week. The state logged 40,888 last week as opposed to 14,852 in the preceding seven days. Similarly, the growth in cases in Odisha was 172% and Assam posted a 145% spike.
With cases exploding in the north, Delhi saw infections rise by 163% and UP by 157%. Elsewhere, weekly cases more than doubled in Kerala (126%), MP (123%), Haryana (113%), Bengal (112%), Rajasthan (108%) and Andhra (107%). Nationally, weekly cases rose by 63%.
In absolute numbers, Maharashtra logged 4,32,093 during the week, followed by UP (1,59,528), Delhi (1,28,263) and Chhattisgarh (1,01,543).