India’s overall coronavirus (COVID-19) case count now draws near to 30,000, with the total figure amounting to 29,451 at the time of writing.
In the period of April 27th to the 28th, 1,463 cases and sixty deaths due to COVID-19 – the disease caused by the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) – were reported in India. The increase in case count has followed the precedent set by outbreaks in the US and in many European nations, with an almost linear increase in case count once the initial acceleration in case numbers and death count occurs.
India is entering the final week of the extended lockdown enacted to tackle COVID-19 amidst the increase in cases. Should the disease continue to spread in line with trends set by other nations, India can only expect its case count to continue to surge. Should the lockdown be lifted, this increase could gain further traction and rise to unprecedented levels due to India’s comparatively large population.
Speaking at the press briefing on Monday, April 27th, Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health said that “sixteen districts in the country which earlier had cases have not reported any fresh cases [in the] last 28 days while 85 districts have not reported any new cases in the last fourteen days.”
The states that have been most affected by the coronavirus according to the total recorded death toll (per Union Health Ministry figures) are Maharashtra (342), Gujarat (151) and Madhya Pradesh (106). The states with fewer than 100 confirmed deaths include Delhi (54), Rajasthan (41); Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh (both 31), Telangana (26); Tamil Nadu (24); Karnataka and West Bengal (both twenty); Punjab (eighteen); Jammu and Kashmir (six): Kerala (four); Haryana and Jharkhand (both three); and Bihar (two). Meghalaya, Odisha, Assam, and Himachal Pradesh have reported one death each.
The global situation is currently tentative, with some governments in Europe easing lockdown measures — indicative of progress being made against the disease — though many other nations reporting cases surging. The US, above all, has recorded vast numbers of cases, currently numbering at more than a million – 1,010,507 in total. This accounts for roughly one third of all global cases.
On a global level there are 3,081,213 cases at the time of writing. 212,336 deaths have occurred as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, with 930,607 individuals recovering. This leaves 1,938,270 active cases at the time of writing. In India, 29,451 cases have occurred with 939 associated deaths. 7,137 individuals have reportedly recovered leaving 21,375 ongoing cases.