India’s COVID-19 case doubling time slows down; Recovery rate up at 74%

August 21, 2020 0 By FM

India’s COVID-19 case doubling time is gradually slowing down as the rate of daily average growth has started showing a decline in the last few days. The experts predict that the next doubling time will be at least 30 days while the last doubling happened in 24 days.

Doubling time is typically calculated with average growth rate, which has been quite rapid—10 days or shorter, in the April-May period and it started slowing down from July last week onwards and it is currently estimated between 20 to 24 days.  It is certainly a healthy sign, says experts in epidemiology.

On Thursday, the country’s COVID-19 tally surged past 29 lakh to reach 29,05,823 with the day’s spike of 68,898 new infections.  The recoveries increased to 21,58,946 on the day taking the recovery rate to over 74%, according to the Union Health Ministry data.  However, the death toll climbed to 54,849 with 983 new fatalities being reported within the past 24 hours.The number of positive coronavirus cases reported from India now stands at 29,04,129.

Maharashtra once again recorded its highest single-day surge of COVID-19 cases on Thursday, with an unprecedented spike of 14,492 cases, taking its total case tally to 6,43,289. With 326 more deaths, the toll has now climbed to 21,359 in the state. The State also reported a high number of recoveries, with 12,243 patients being discharged and taking the tally to 4,59,124. The number of active cases stands at 1,62,491, with the recovery rate rising to 71.37%.

Andra Pradesh reported 9,393 new COVID infections taking the tally to 3,25,396. The death toll has touched 3,001 with 95 new deaths reported till Thursday morning. There are 87,177 active patients in the state as of now. With 8,846 new discharges, the recoveries went up to 2,35,218 and the recovery rate further increased to 72.29% in the state, according to the state health department. 

Karnataka crossed the 2.5 lakh mark as 7,385 new COVID-19 cases and 102 deaths were reported on Thursday. The State now has 2,56,975 positive cases.