A medic conducts thermal screening of a passenger waiting to board a train to Delhi at Howrah station, during the ongoing Covid-19 nationwide lockdown, in Kolkata. Photo: PTI
The total tally of coronavirus
infections currently stands at 5.5 million worldwide. The global death toll stands at 346,969, and a little over 2.3 million cases have now recovered.
In India, the toll has been consistently on the rise, with the count of confirmed cases close to breaching the 140,000-mark. There have been 4,021 fatalities so far, while 57,720 patients have recovered. The country added nearly 7,000 cases to its tally on May 24, in its highest single-day jump yet.
Here are a few statistics mapping the spread:
1. Death rate in Europe is higher than the global average
While the epicentre of the virus has shifted to South America when it comes to the number of people getting infected, the death rate continues to remain the highest in Europe. With an 8.9 per cent death rate, it is the only region with worse fatality than the world average of 6.3 per cent. Australia, or the Oceania region, has the lowest number of cases and a death rate of 1.4 per cent. In Asia, with over 900,000 cases, the death rate of 2.8 per cent is far below the world average.
2. India took just 7 days to add 1,000 to its death toll
India’s death toll has gone past the 4,000 mark. In a worrying trend, the time the country is taking to add every 1,000 deaths is diminishing. The last one has come in just seven days. The first 1,000 deaths had been recorded over 48 days. Maharashtra, which has the highest number of deaths at 1,635, is followed by Gujarat at 858.
3. Kerala witnessing a second wave of Covid-19 cases
Kerala might be witnessing a second wave of coronavirus
spread, given its recent daily addition to total cases. By the end of April, its daily active cases had dropped to almost negligible. But the state saw a spike of 63 cases in a single day on May 24, more than twice its previous single-day high of 28 cases. Kerala now has 848 confirmed cases, 520 recoveries, and six deaths.