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India crosses 50-lakh mark with spike of over 91,120 new cases, 1290 deaths in last 24 hours

India's coronavirus cases tally crossed the 50-lakh mark on Wednesday with a spike of 91,120 cases and 1,290 deaths in the last 24 hours.

New Delhi September 16, 2020 UPDATED: September 16, 2020 09:44 IST

 

India’s coronavirus cases tally crossed the 50-lakh mark on Wednesday with a spike of 91,120 cases and 1,290 deaths in the last 24 hours.

As on Wednesday, the case tally stands at 5,025,043 including 1,000,559 active cases, 3,942,360 cured/discharged/migrated and 82,124 deaths, as per the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

On Tuesday, India reported a spike of 83,000 new coronavirus cases, taking the country’s total case tally past 49 lakh.

Maharashtra continues to be the worst affected state in India as it continues to witness a sharp rise in daily cases. Delhi, the national capital, is also witnessing a sharp spike over the past few weeks.

The government on Monday said India has been managing the Covid-19 crisis well and more efforts will be taken as the situation evolves.

Meanwhile, the government is now considering granting an emergency authorization for the coronavirus vaccine to prevent the elderly and vulnerable.

“If there is a consensus we may go ahead with it, especially in the case of senior citizens and people working in high-risk settings,” health minister Harsh Vardhan had said.

While no date has been set for the launch of a vaccine for Covid-19, it is likely that positive news on it will arrive by the first quarter of 2021.

Bengaluru, which was the least affected major Indian city till the end of June, has now emerged as the city with the most COVID cases in the country. However, the extent to which the IT powerhouse dominates the state’s outbreak is unprecedented. Bengaluru has now recorded more than 1.7 lakh confirmed cases of coronavirus till now. While Mumbai, once the city with the largest number of infected people, has just over 1.69 lakh confirmed COVID cases.

Among the 10 states with the most cases, Karnataka is in fourth place with over 4.5 lakh cases across the state. However, the southern state has the most concentrated outbreak, official data collated by covid19india.org, and analyzed by India Today’s Data Intelligence Unit (DIU) shows.

Just one district – Bengaluru – accounts for over 37 percent of all of the state’s cases, and the top three districts (Mysuru and Ballari in addition) account for close to half of all cases. Gujarat is the other state with a highly concentrated epidemic, though to a smaller degree than Karnataka. Ahmedabad, Surat, and then Vadodara at a distant third account for over 60 percent of all cases. In contrast, the worst affected district in Andhra Pradesh, a state with no megacities, accounts for under 15 percent of the state’s cases. Bihar has the least concentrated outbreak among the 10 states.

In the four worst-affected states, most districts contribute to less than 5 percent of the state’s cases each – except in Andhra Pradesh, which has fewer districts and a more spread out outbreak.

In most but not all states, it is the capital city that has the most detected cases – Maharashtra (Pune district) and Andhra Pradesh (East Godavari) being the exceptions.

Bengaluru drives Karnataka’s outbreak to an unprecedented extent. The capital city’s share of the state’s total cases shot up in July to nearly half of the state’s cases. “In Karnataka, the lockdown was used well to put in place containment measures. However, with unlocking and the lifting of restrictions, there has been a surge of cases,” Dr. Giridhar Babu, epidemiologist and a member of the technical advisory group for Covid-19, Government of Karnataka, said.

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