For the last 9 consecutive days in India, new cases of corona infection are coming less than one lakh, but the death toll still remains worrying. However, experts said on Tuesday that most of the deaths due to corona infection, which are happening now, are cases who were admitted to the ICU in the last week of May.
Lowest number of cases since March 29
With the country reporting 60,461 new cases in the last 24 hours, India’s daily Covid cases continue to decline, the lowest since March 29. Yet the death toll remains high. According to the data released by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday, 2,726 people have succumbed to the virus in the last 24 hours.
‘MICU cases in most deaths’
Aravinda GM, Consultant Physician (Internal Medicine) at Manipal Hospital, Jayanagar, Bengaluru, told, “Our COVID-19 peak was in the second week of May 2021. During the peak, MICU (medical intensive care unit) admission was highest. Most of the deaths that are happening now are cases who were admitted to the MICU two to three weeks ago (third week of May).
‘This time there was a very serious lung disease’
At the same time, Vikas Maurya, Director and HOD, Pulmonology, Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, said, ‘This time the severity of the disease was also very high, that is, there was a very serious lung disease. These cases were in the ICU for a long time. Now the number of cases is also less, but the death rate in these cases is very high.
85% drop in daily cases of corona
Daily Kovid cases in India have seen a decline of up to 85 percent, as the highest number of corona cases were reported on May 7 at 4,14,188. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the country has gone up to 2,95,70,871 with a total of 3,77,031 deaths so far. At present, Karnataka has the highest number of active cases in the country at 1,80,856, followed by Maharashtra with 1,58,617 and Tamil Nadu with 1,49,927. These three states account for about 50 per cent of the active cases in the country. Maharashtra has the highest mortality rate of 1.90 per cent so far at 1,12,696. It is followed by Karnataka, where 33,033 Kovid has died so far.
Will there be a reduction in deaths during the next two weeks?
Vikas Maurya said, ‘This time the wave came fast with a huge increase in the number of cases. Also, the number of cases with serious illness was very high. At the same time, Arvinda GM said, ‘Perhaps in the next two weeks, there may be a gradual decline in Kovid deaths in India. Also, Tier-II cities saw more cases.
More than 176 million cases of corona worldwide
Meanwhile, according to a new update by Johns Hopkins University on Tuesday, the total corona cases worldwide have topped 176 million, while the deaths have exceeded 38 lakh. The US remains the most affected country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 33,473,180 and 6 lakh. India ranks second in terms of infection with 29,510,410 cases. In terms of mortality, Brazil ranks second with 488,228 deaths, followed by India with 374,305 deaths.
[Attribution to NBT]