COVID-19: In Diwali week, spread reduces; active cases drops below 5L

Currently, the number of active cases is below five lakh while the overall cumulative cases were at 87.73 lakh as on November 14.

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The Diwali week holds some positive news for the country on the pandemic front. States like Kerala and Delhi could be experiencing yet another COVID-19 wave but the overall spread seems to have waned. Currently, the number of active cases is below five lakh while the overall cumulative cases were at 87.73 lakh as on Saturday (November 14). About 81.63 lakh patients recovered or had been discharged from hospitals. The death toll stands at 1.29 lakh, on Saturday.

The recovery rate in the country reached 93 per cent by the end of the second week of November. The country is reporting more recoveries than new cases every day for over a month now. This suggests a decline in the spread of the virus.

India reported 3.11 lakh fresh cases during the past week while the number of recoveries was 3.43 lakh for the same time. On November 11, the difference between fresh cases and recoveries was more than 10,000 cases.

An average of about 44,400 cases were reported during the week. On the other hand, an average of recoveries was more than 49,000 for the last one week. These daily averages were about 60,000 during the month of October.

The cumulative number of fatalities crossed 1.29 lakh during this week. However, the daily deaths declined substantially compared to the past few months. About 500 fatalities are being reported every day. On November 8, the country reported 559 deaths, the day which saw the highest number of fatalities in a week.

The death rate of the country has been constantly low throughout the pandemic. Currently, it stands at 1.47 per cent. This means that about 147 people succumbed to death out of every 10,000 infected patients. The number is constantly declining, as per data.

The decline in the test positivity rate (TPR) of the country is the biggest positive sign during the festivities. TPR is the number of positive patients per hundred tested. Currently, the TPR of India is 1.47 per cent.

During the last one week, the TPR of the country was between 3 to 5 per cent. This is much lower than the August or September that saw a TPR as high as 8 per cent. The number of tests had been constantly more than a million every day for months. Despite such huge testing the declining positivity rate points towards the decline in the overall spread in the country.

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