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Covid scare deepens as deaths begin to surge at same rate as cases

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Covid scare deepens as deaths begin to surge at same rate as cases

New Delhi: The situation in India is alarming as Corona virus’ second has started wreaking havoc in the country with fatalities being surged at the same pace as the number of fresh cases. As per the seven-day average of daily cases and fatalities, both surged by nearly 345% during this period.

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Daily deaths weekly average has risen from 96 on March 8 to 425 on April 4, which roughly translates to an increase of nearly 4.5 times, exactly mirroring the rise in cases during this period.

In the previous four weeks that is from February 8 to March 8, there was a 50% rise in average daily cases but no rise in deaths. The recent spike in deaths has been the sharpest since the beginning of the pandemic.

There were 2,974 Covid-19 deaths recorded last week for March 29-April 4, a record 59% higher than the count in the previous week (1,875). Nearly 1,100 more deaths were recorded last week than in the previous seven days, which was the highest weekly spike in fatalities since the coronavirus pandemic outbreak in India.

Furthermore, the previous two weeks had seen rise in fatalities by 51% and 41%, respectively, again the sharpest increases in percentage terms except for the June 15-21 week, when hundreds of backdated deaths were added to the tally. That deaths remain below levels seen when similar numbers of daily cases were being recorded in the past could be because of a lag in fatalities often seen when infections spike rapidly.

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Given to the situation, deaths need to be monitored closely in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, India reported 96,517 fresh infections on Monday, a shade lower than the previous day’s record rise of over 1 lakh cases.

On Monday, Covid cases remained high, which usually sees a sharp dip in numbers due to lower testing and staff shortages over the weekend, indicating that the pandemic was still surging in the country.

There were 445 deaths from the virus in the last 24 hours, the sixth straight day of 400 plus toll in India.

Maharashtra being the worst hit state, reported 47,288 fresh cases, nearly 10,000 less than the previous day’s count, there was a massive surge in Chhattisgarh, which reported 7,302 new infections, becoming the second state to cross the 7,000 mark in daily cases this year.

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