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India coronavirus numbers explained: 50,000-figure breached; recoveries cross one million

India Coronavirus Cases: The number of new cases in the country crossed the 50,000-mark for the first time on Wednesday. On the same day, the number of people who have already recovered from the disease crossed the one million mark.

Written by Amitabh Sinha , Edited by Explained Desk | Pune | Updated: July 31, 2020 1:21:34 pm
coronavirus, coronavirus news, coronavirus india update, coronavirus cases today update, delhi corona news, gujarat coronavirus, andhra pradesh coronavirus, west bengal coronavirus, up coronavirus news, maharashtra coronavirus A medic checks the temperature of a sanitation worker at Tummalapalli Kalakshetram in Vijayawada, Saturday, June 6, 2020. (PTI Photo)

India Coronavirus Cases: Andhra Pradesh detected more than 10,000 new cases of novel Coronavirus infections on Wednesday, and it was the first time since mid-March that any state had reported more cases than Maharashtra on any day. Maharashtra found 9,211 new cases on Wednesday, and the number of people who have been infected in the state so far went past 4 lakh.

It was also only the second time that any state had reported more than 10,000 positive cases in a single day. On July 22, Maharashtra had detected over 10,500 new cases.

coronavirus, coronavirus news, covid 19, india covid 19 cases, coronavirus india update, coronavirus cases today update, coronavirus cases, delhi corona news, gujarat coronavirus, andhra pradesh coronavirus, west bengal coronavirus, up coronavirus news, maharashtra coronavirus Daily Covid-19 cases in India in July. The number of new cases crossed the 50,000-mark for the first time on Wednesday, July 29, 2020.

Ever since the first infections in Maharashtra were detected in the second week of March, the state has been contributing the highest number of positive cases in the country. Even in the initial days, there were only a couple of occasions when other states –the outbreak was confined to Kerala, Delhi, Telangana and Rajasthan at that time – had reported more cases than Maharashtra, but those days daily new discoveries were still in single digits.

As it raced ahead, Maharashtra’s contribution to the national tally was far greater than others. At its peak, during the month of May, more than 40 per cent of all cases detected in India every day were coming from Maharashtra. The state also accounted for more than 35 per cent of the country’s total caseload in those days.

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These contributions have progressively come down now. These days, less than 20 per cent of all cases detected in the country every day are in Maharashtra. And the state’s share of the total national caseload has fallen to just about 25 per cent (four lakh in national tally of 15.85 lakh).

Even then, Maharashtra’s position had remained unchallenged as far as absolute numbers of daily new cases was concerned. Andhra Pradesh is the first state to have gone past Maharashtra’s daily tally.

Andhra Pradesh has seen a phenomenal growth in its cases in this month. Its total cases have risen from less than 15,000 at the end of June to more than 1.2 lakh now, an increase of almost 725 per cent. Usually, states with large caseloads don’t have long durations of high growth. Their growth tends to fall off after a few days. That is because, states would have to discover higher number of positive cases every day to sustain that growth. States like Telangana, Tamil Nadu or Karnataka, which showed a surge in this month, slowed down or stabilised after a few days or weeks. Even if, in absolute numbers, they continued to detect similar number of cases every day, the growth, in percentage, has fallen off.

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Andhra Pradesh, however, has defied that trend and sustained a very high growth for a long time now. In July, its cases have grown at an average of 7.55 per cent per day. The only comparable state has been Karnataka, which has grown by 7.14 per cent per day during this time. Karnataka’s caseload has increased from 15,242 to 112,504 during this month, an increase of 638 per cent. But Karnataka’s growth seems to tapering off now, at least in comparison to Andhra Pradesh.

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Top ten states with maximum caseload:

STATE TOTAL POSITIVE NEW CASES TOTAL RECOVERIES DEATHS

 

Maharashtra 400,651 9,211 239,755 14,463
Tamil Nadu 234,114 6,426 172,883 3,741
Delhi 133,310 1,035 118,633 3,907
Andhra Pradesh 120,390 10,093 55,406 1,213
Karnataka 112,504 5,503 42,901 2,155
Uttar Pradesh 77,334 3,383 45,807 1,530
West Bengal 65,258 2,294 44,116 1,490
Telangana 60,717 1,811 44,572 505
Gujarat 59,126 1,144 43,195 2,396
Bihar 45,919 2,328 30,504 273

Thanks largely to Andhra Pradesh, which reported more than 10,000 cases on Wednesday, compared to between 7,000 and 8,000 it was reporting these days, the total number of new cases in the country crossed the 50,000-mark for the first time. For over a week now, this number had been hovering around 50,000 but stopping just short of that. On Wednesday, however, 52,123 new cases were detected, to take the total number of people found infected with the disease in India till now to 15.83 lakh.

The number of people who have already recovered from the disease also crossed the one million mark on Wednesday. More than 10.2 lakh people, or about 64 per cent of those infected, have now recovered.

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