Explained: India’s fight against coronavirus in five charts

The Federal brings you five simple charts to understand where the country stands on its fight against the coronavirus

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As of Friday evening, 6,761 cases have been reported in the country, including 206 deaths, as per the health ministry. Photo: iStock

Even as the Centre has imposed a mandatory 21-day nationwide lockdown, the country is witnessing a sudden surge in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths.

The country reported nearly 900 new positive cases and 37 deaths in the past 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said on Friday (April 10) during its daily briefing, adding that this is the largest ever single-day spike in the numbers.

As of Friday evening, 6,761 cases were reported in the country, including 206 deaths, as per the health ministry.

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With many states extending the lockdown and urging the central government to do the same, The Federal brings you five simple charts to understand where the country stands on its fight against the disease.

India and the world

While the number of cases being reported have seen a sudden spike, India has still not entered Stage 3 or the community transmission phase, said the health ministry.

However, the World Health Organisation, which initially placed the country in Stage 3 in its recent situation report, later corrected itself stating that it was an error which had been rectified. “India has a cluster of cases, not community transmission,” the WHO said.

Compared to Italy, Spain and the United States of America, India has managed to curb the community spread as on date.

These countries had about 41,035 (Italy), 65,719 (Spain) and 1.04 lakh (USA) cases after 26 days of crossing the 100-cases mark.

State-wise distribution of cases

About 64 per cent of the cases in India are from six states, including Delhi, Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and Uttar Pradesh which together reported 4,357 cases since the pandemic began.

Maharashtra with 1,364 cases has the highest number of cases while Kerala with 357 cases has managed to flatten the curve. Other states together reported 2,404 cases as on April 10.

Cases and deaths

India reported 37 new coronavirus-related deaths on Friday, making the total death toll cross the 200-mark.

Of the 6,761 cases, 206 persons succumbed to death. The mortality rate of COVID-19 in India is at around 3 per cent compared to 3.4 per cent for the world calculated by the World Health Organisation. In Spain and Italy it is as high as 12 per cent.

Deaths and recovery

Around 515 individuals have been cured of COVID-19 and discharged from the hospitals, which points out that even without a specific vaccine to cure the infection many people are recovering.

Globally, over 3.6 lakh people have recovered from the infection.

Testing

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the country has tested 1,44,910 samples of 1,30,792 individuals so far.

Of these, 5,707 tested positive at the rate of 3.9 per cent active cases. It is important to note that the different states are testing at a different rate.

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