Speed of virus infections slows, doubling time rises in 18 States 

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Kerala leads with 72 days; five States with lower rates have 60% of all cases 

  • Eighteen States and Union Territories have “shown improvement” in containing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, with Odisha and Kerala leading the pile. 
  • These were States with a 'doubling time' (an indicator of how quickly cases increase) of more than 8.5 days which is higher that the national average of 7.5 days.  
  • This was due to effective measures taken to contain the spread of the virus. Kerala leads the list with a doubling rate of 72 days, followed at a considerable distance by Odisha at 39.8 days. 
  • Reports from States show a jump of 1,214 new cases and 33 deaths in the past 24 hours. The nationwide death toll was 592, with 14, 913 active cases out of 18,509 confirmed COVID-19 infections. 
  • Maharashtra recorded 466 new positive cases, including 155 in Mumbai, taking the number of the infected people to 4,666. With nine more patients succumbing to COVID-19, the death toll in the State rose to 232. 

Fewer cases 

  • However, the Ministry's figures on doubling eclipse the fact that these States account for only about 7,000 of India's overall COVID-19 count.  
  • On the other hand, just five States with a lower and hence faster doubling rate than the national average account for about 10,000 or about 60% of the case-load. 
  • Maharashtra had the highest number of cases at 4,666 and it reported a doubling of cases in six days.  
  • Gujarat’s 1,800 cases had doubled in 4.5 days and Madhya Pradesh with 1,407 cases had doubled in 5.5 days. These numbers are dynamic and liable to change everyday. The epidemic has affected 32 out of 36 States and UTs. 
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