Eighteen of India’s states and Union Territories (UTs) have reported one or fewer deaths a day on common due to Covid-19 up to now week, and eight haven’t seen a single individual die of the viral illness in the identical interval — statistics that underline a outstanding turnaround within the nation’s Covid-19 trajectory.

At the opposite finish of the spectrum, Maharashtra alone reported almost a 3rd (32%) of all Covid-19 deaths in India within the final seven days, based on information analysed by HT.

Seven out of each 10 individuals (70%) who’ve died of the coronavirus illness within the nation over the previous week have been residents of simply six states — Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, West Bengal, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.

The seven-day common of deaths, also called the dying trajectory, in India on Thursday touched 140 — the bottom this quantity has been in 250 days. The final time the dying trajectory was larger was greater than eight months in the past, on May 22, 2020. The seven-day common of deaths within the nation peaked for the week ending September 15, when 1,169 individuals died on common each day.

“India has flattened its Covid-19 graph,” Union well being minister Harsh Vardhan stated on Thursday after chairing the 23rd assembly of the group of ministers (GoM) on Covid-19.

“A total of 146 districts across the country have no new cases for the last seven days, 18 for the last 14 days, six for 21 days and 21 districts have not reported fresh cases of the coronavirus infection in the last 28 days,” Vardhan stated. Of the over 700 districts, 20% haven’t reported any Covid-19 case within the final one week.

“Less than 12,000 cases were reported in the last 24 hours and the active caseload has reduced to just 173,000,” he stated. Out of the whole lively instances, simply 0.46% of the constructive instances are on ventilator, 2.2% are within the ICU, and simply 3% are on oxygen assist, which specialists say signifies that the dying price is predicted to stay low within the coming weeks.

India, which has reported greater than 10.7 million infections and over 153,000 deaths, is the world’s second-worst hit nation, solely behind the United States. It has seen a drastic turnaround since its mid-September peak the place for a month-and-a-half interval it was reporting the utmost variety of new every day infections and deaths. But since then, the nation has managed to carry its first (and solely) Covid wave beneath management. This turnaround is obvious in how deaths have dropped throughout most areas within the nation.

Average every day deaths have dropped to 1 or beneath in 18 states and UTs. While a majority of those are UTs and low inhabitants states from the northeast, a number of massive inhabitants states akin to Assam (4 deaths within the final week), Odisha (4 deaths final week), Rajasthan (seven deaths), Himachal Pradesh (seven deaths) and Goa (seven deaths) additionally make the checklist.

Jammu and Kashmir (eight deaths within the final week), Jharkhand (9 deaths), Andhra Pradesh and Telangana with 10 deaths every week have all averaged marginally above the one-death-a-day mark.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Ladakh, Lakshadweep, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura all haven’t reported a single dying up to now week. Manipur and Puducherry have reported three deaths within the final week, whereas Meghalaya and Sikkim have each reported two fatalities as a consequence of Covid within the final seven days, information reveals.

India’s case fatality price (CFR), the variety of deaths out of whole variety of constructive instances of any infectious illness, has proven a gradual decline – from 3.4% in mid-June 2020, to the present price of 1.4%. “Hospitalisations have almost finished; we are seeing very few new Covid-19 cases in hospitals nowadays. Most cases we get are old cases who suffer from post-Covid complications…the incidence has gone down significantly,” stated Dr GC Khilnani, former head of the pulmonology division, AIIMS, New Delhi.

“We have to be cautious in the coming months because of the nature of transmission being witnessed in other countries… We cannot afford to let our guard drop,” Vardhan stated.

Experts agree. “If we see what is happening in other countries, there is always a possibility of the disease making a comeback. It could be a cyclic phenomenon where one cycle is over and other may follow,” stated Jacob John, former head of the virology division at Christian Medical College, Vellore.

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