DATA STORY: India reports its highest number of Covid-19 deaths in a day

A day after reporting its biggest single-day surge in active and total coronavirus cases, India was respite on these two on Tuesday, but reported its biggest single-day jump in Covid-19 deaths, at 1,133. While the country’s net addition of active cases stood at 1,155, against 20,222 a day before, total cases added in a day reduced from 90,802 to 75,809. The total count of active coronavirus cases in India now stands at 883,697, total cases at 4,280,422, and death toll at 72,775.


The second-most-affected country by active and total cases, and third by fatality, India has added 589,256 cases in the past 7 days alone. Here are the key takeaways from the coronavirus data released by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Tuesday (September 8, 2020):

  • India now accounts for 12.60% of all active cases globally (one in every 8 active cases), and 8.11% of all deaths (one in every 12).
  • The count of active cases reported across India has increased by 1,155, against the biggest single-day jump of 20,222 on Monday. The states that have reported the biggest 24-hour jump in active cases are Maharashtra (1,084), Chhattisgarh (1,023), Madhya Pradesh (846), Odisha (817), and Haryana (641).
  • With 73,521 new daily recoveries, India’s recovery rate has fallen marginally to 77.65%; the fatality rate remains unchanged at 1.70%.
  • India’s new daily closed cases stand at 74,654 — 1,133 deaths and 73,521 recoveries. The share of deaths in total closed cases stands at 1.54%.
  • India’s 5-day moving average of daily rate of addition to total cases stands at 2.1%.
  • India’s doubling time for total cases stands at 38.8 days, for active cases at 530 days, and for deaths at 31 days.
  • The states and UTs that have seen their respective biggest single-day spikes in total cases are Odisha (3,861), Punjab (2,110), and Madhya Pradesh (1,885).
  • Overall, five states with the biggest 24-hour jump in total cases are Maharashtra (16,429), Andhra Pradesh (8,368), Tamil Nadu (5,776), Karnataka (5,773), and Uttar Pradesh (5568).
  • Among states with more than 25,000 cases, the five with worst recovery rates at present are Chhattisgarh (46.91%), Uttarakhand (67.32%), Jharkhand (71.36%), Maharashtra (71.38%), and Punjab (71.70%).
  • India on Monday conducted 1,098,621 coronavirus tests and had a test positivity rate of 6.9%.
  • Five states with the highest test positivity rate (TPR) – percentage of tested people turning out to be positive for Covid-19 infection (by cumulative data for tests and cases) – are Puducherry (20.16%), Maharashtra (19.6%), Chandigarh (16.62%), Andhra Pradesh (12.16%), and Karnataka (11.91%).
  • Five states with the highest TPR by daily numbers for tests and cases added – are Chandigarh (29.33%), Maharashtra (29.09%), Puducherry (26.47%), Goa (26.08%), and Himachal Pradesh (19.22%).
  • Among states and UTs with more than 10 million population, five that have carried out the highest number of tests (per million population) are Delhi (91,020), J&K (82,455), Andhra Pradesh (79,778), Assam (73,870), and Tamil Nadu (71,062).
  • Five most affected states by total tally of cases are Maharashtra (923,641), Andhra Pradesh (506,493), Tamil Nadu (469,256), Karnataka (404,324), and Uttar Pradesh (271,851).
  • Maharashtra, the most affected state overall, has reported a net addition of 16,429 cases. The state has added 175,646 cases in the past 10 days alone.
  • Andhra Pradesh, the second-most-affected state by total cases, has added 71,722 cases in the past seven days alone. On Saturday it added 8,368 cases.
  • Tamil Nadu, which has seen its tally going up by 5,776, has added more than 5,000 cases on each of the past 48 days.
  • Karnataka has reported 5,773 cases to take its tally to 404,324.
  • Delhi has added 2,077 cases, to take its tally to 193,526.

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