India reported 53,480 new cases of Covid-19 in the last twenty-four hours. This takes the total tally of Covid positive cases up to 12.1 Million in the country, since the pandemic began last year.
There has been a steady rise in the number of daily Covid cases in the country. Statistics show us that the second wave of Covid cases have been growing at a much more rapid pace than the previous wave in September-October last year. It took only a mere 17 days for the case count to rise from 18,377 to 50,518 during March this year, as compared to 32 days last year.
But while the cases have been rising at an alarming rate, the severity of the virus appears to be much less serious this time round. Maharashtra has seen the maximum number of Covid cases in the second wave, with a count of 85,000 positive cases recorded between February 10 and March 20. Of the total number of cases, 69,500 are asymptomatic. The remaining 8,000 patients have been showing only mild symptoms.
The death rate for Covid-19 has also seen a fall across the country. India’s overall case fatality ratio (CFR) is around 1.4 per cent, which means about 14 people out of every 1,000 confirmed infections have died so far. But when we count only those who have tested positive from January onward, the CFR is only about 0.87 per cent. Taking Maharashtra as the epicentre of the second wave – the overall CFR is at 2.38 per cent, and for those infected this year, it stands at 1.2 per cent.
Another significant fact to take note is that the second wave of Corona has been limited to only certain parts of the country. The Union Health Ministry, on March 31, reported that 84.73 per cent of new cases in the last 24 hours can be attributed to a total of eight states. This includes Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh.
The mild symptoms along with the localized cases have helped reduce the impact of the second wave in India. But still, precautions need to be taken at all times by everyone who is going out.