COVID-19 cases doubling rate improves to 7.5 days: Health Ministry

The doubling rate of COVID-19 cases in India has improved to 7.5 days, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday.

“India’s doubling rate before lockdown was 3.4 days, it has now improved to 7.5 days. As per data on April 19, in 18 states, the rate is better than national average,” the Ministry said.

The doubling rate of COVID-19 cases calculated using growth over the past seven days indicates that India’s doubling rate for the week before lockdown was 3.4 and has improved to 7.5 as on 19th April (for the last seven days).

“18 states have shown improvement in doubling rate as compared to the national average,” senior health ministry official Lav Agarwal said.

The Minister said many states and Union Territories have a doubling rate of less than 20 days:

“Delhi has doubling rate of 8.5 days, Karnataka – 9.2 days, Telangana – 9.4 days, Andhra Pradesh – 10.6 days, Jammu and Kashmir – 11.5 days, Punjab – 13.1 days, Chhattisgarh – 13.3 days, Tamil Nadu – 14 days and Bihar – 16.4 days,” he said.

States and UTs-doubling rate between 20-30 days: 

A&N (UT) – 20.1 days, Haryana – 21 days, Himachal Pradesh – 24.5 days, Chandigarh (UT)- 25.4 days, Assam – 25.8 days, Uttarakhand – 26.6 days, Ladakh (UT) – 26.6 days.

States – doubling rate of more than 30 days: 

Odisha – 39.8 days, Kerala – 72.2 days.

The Health Ministry said all COVID-19 patients in Goa were discharged from hospital after recovery, and now Goa has no active case. Three districts – Mahe (Puducherry), Kodaggu (Karnataka) & Pauri Garhwal (Uttrakhand) have also not reported any fresh cases during the last 28 days.

There are now 59 additional districts from 23 States/UTs that have not reported any fresh cases during the last 14 days.

A total of 17,265 confirmed cases are reported for COVID-19 in the country. As many as 2547 persons i.e. 14.75 % of total cases have been cured/discharged after recovery. A total of 543 deaths have been reported so far due to COVID-19, the Ministry said.