India reports 36,594 cases on Thursday amid fears of a second wave

India reports 36,594 cases on Thursday amid fears of a second wave

India’s total COVID-19 case tally rose to 95,71,559 with 36,594 new infections in last 24 hours. While the death toll mounted to 1,39,188 with 540 new deaths. Total active cases stand at 4,16,082.

India’s average daily cases oscillated between the 40,000 and 45,000 marks in November, while average new deaths ranged between 480 and 560. Except for the consistent fall in cases recorded in Tamil Nadu, the infection curves of other states have been oscillating with many peaks and troughs.

Kerala reported 5,376 new COVID-19 positive incidences, 5,590 recoveries and 31 deaths in the last 24 hours. The cumulative case tally soared to 6,20,049 with 61,209 of them being presently active infections under treatment. The death toll has risen to 2,329 so far.

Maharashtra reported 5,182 new cases as opposed to 8,066 patients getting discharged on Thursday. The total case tally now stands at 18,37,358, with the number of active cases dropping to 85,535.The cumulative recoveries have crossed the 17 lakh mark to reach 17,03,274, with the state’s recovery rate rising to 92.7%. As many as 115 deaths were reported, taking the toll to 47,472.

“Of a total of 1,10,59,305 laboratory samples tested thus far, 18,37,358 (case positivity rate of 16.61%) have returned positive, with nearly 70,000 samples being tested in the last 24 hours,” said State Surveillance Officer Dr Pradeep Awate, adding that the state’s case fatality rate stands at 2.58%.

With 3,734 new cases detected based on 75,230 tests, the COVID-19 positivity rate of Delhi dipped to 4.96 per cent in the national capital on Thursday. As many as 82 persons succumbed to the virus taking the toll to 9,424. The total cases now stand at 5,82,058.
Of the total tests, 33,298 were RT-PCR, while the remaining were rapid antigen tests, which has a far less specificity rate.

Meanwhile, the number of containment zones has risen from 5,229 on November 27 to 5,759 on December 3. According to Health Minister Satyendar Jain, any place where three or more cases are reported will be converted into containment zones.

Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan reported a significant surge in infections this week. The spike comes two weeks after Diwali festivities, which saw a remarkable rise in public movement across the country.

Although mobility and relaxations have scaled back now in the country, fears of a second wave have already strengthened as new spurt in cases are observed across different states. In the last seven days, active coronavirus cases rose 24% in Madhya Pradesh and 21% in Rajasthan, based on seven-day rolling averages. In Gujarat, the number went up by 9%.
With the outbreak intensifying in Rajasthan, the state will need to test more people to control the spread. Rajasthan and West Bengal have the lowest testing rates. Rajasthan has imposed lockdown in containment zones and night curfew in 13 districts.

Himachal Pradesh’s capital Shimla (26%) reported the worst spike over the past week. Fresh outbreaks have forced the hill states of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand to issue fresh curbs. Active cases jumped over 15% in both states. Himachal Pradesh has closed Lahaul-Spiti for tourists till April 2021, after an entire village got infected with the coronavirus, while Uttarakhand has made a coronavirus test mandatory for tourists.