Coronavirus doubling rate slows to 6.2 days from 3 days

The doubling rate of COVID-19 cases in India has dropped to 6.2 days over the past week, as compared to three days before the lockdown was imposed in March, the government said today.

by Roselet Sheena Merli

Updated: Apr 17, 2020 19:02 IST

Tags: India Corona
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Doubling rate of Coronavirus slows down

Government said that "There had been a 40% decline in the growth of new cases. The decline is the result of increased testing, including that of patients suffering from a severe acute respiratory illness (SARI) and influenza-like illness (ILI).

The doubling rate of COVID-19 cases in India has dropped to 6.2 days over the past week, as compared to three days before the lockdown was imposed last month, the government said today, adding that there had been a 40% decline in the growth of new cases.
Lav Aggarwal, a senior Health Ministry official, said: "Before the lockdown, doubling rate of COVID19 cases was about three days, but according to data in the past seven days, the doubling rate of cases now stands at 6.2 days."

Mr. Aggarwal also said the rate, the days it takes for the number of novel coronavirus cases to double, in 19 states and union territories (UTs) was even lower than the national average. These states include Kerala, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh are among the worst-hit states in the country. 

GoI also said the recovery rates had improved. The ratio between recovered COVID-19 patients and deaths stands at 80:20, which is higher than in several other countries. Internal government assessments had suggested the number of COVID-19 cases in India could peak in the first week of May, after which it will decline, health ministry officials added. 

As of Friday, "A total of 1,749 people (or 13.06%) have been cured. With 1,007 fresh cases reported in the last 24 hours, the total number of cases in the country has reached 13,387. A total of 23 new deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours," Mr. Aggarwal added.

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