COVID cases decline in two weeks, daily death toll below 100

As of Saturday (February 13) India had clocked 1.08 crore cases of coronavirus while the death count stands at 1.55 lakh

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Overall, the number of deaths have been on the decline over the last two months. Representative photo: iStock

India saw both a decline in the number of COVID-19 cases and in the number of deaths, which dropped substantially in the second week of February. On the other hand, the number of recoveries dropped slightly. However, the overall data of all the parameters suggests a sharp decline in the spread of COVID-19 over the last two weeks.

As of Saturday (February 13) India had clocked 1.08 crore cases of coronavirus while the death count stands at 1.55 lakh. On Saturday, India reported 12,143 new cases of coronavirus. During the last week (February 7 to 13) the country reported 78,442 cases compared to 81,173 cases of the virus.

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An average of 11,206 cases were reported during the last week compared to 11,596 daily case average of the week prior to the same. This drop in case clearly depicts decline in the spread of the virus.

When the cases vs recoveries ratio of the last week was looked at, a satisfactory picture was seen. The country had reported 78,442 cases against the 89,829 recoveries of the disease. The difference between the two was 11,387 cases while in the previous week it was 20,463. But the number of cases too were high in the previous week (January 31 to February 6).

During the last week, the number of cases were higher than the recoveries on three days: Sunday, Thursday and Saturday. During the rest of the days, recoveries outnumbered cases. The overall number of recoveries, however, dropped in the last week (89,829 cases) compared with the week before (1,01,636 cases).

Overall, the number of deaths have been on the decline over the last two months. Even the daily number of deaths has been below 100 for three weeks. The last week saw 632 deaths as against 771 deaths in the previous week. An average of 90 deaths were reported every day during the last week. The country observed more than a hundred deaths on two days, Thursday and Saturday.

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The death rate of the country had also been on a constant decline for the last few months. The death rate is the number of people who succumbed per hundred deaths of infected patients–this death rate currently stands at 1.43 per cent.

The test positivity rate (TPR) in India had been below two per cent during the last week, which is a positive sign of a decline in the spread of the virus. TPR is the number of positive patients per hundred tested.

The TPR remained below 2 per cent on all the seven days, except Monday. The TPR of the country on Monday (February 08) was 2.22 per cent. The lowest TPR was recorded on Friday at 1.22 per cent.

India began its vaccination on January 16 across the country to vaccinate frontline workers in the first phase of inoculation. As of Saturday, the government has vaccinated 79.67 Lakh frontline workers. An average of 2.84 lakh  have been vaccinated each day since the beginning of the drive.

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