Covid19 tracker: India Today’s coronavirus tracker brings you data-driven insights on Covid-19 cases at the national, state and district level, alongwith daily trends, patients recovered and more.
- Maharashtra, Delhi and Gujarat are the hotspots of Covid-19 cases in India
- These three states have seen significant rise in new cases in past few weeks
- Together, they account for 47.13% of India’s Covid-19 cases
The number of Covid-19 cases in India continues to rise every day. Thirty-three of the country’s 36 states and Union Territories have reported Covid-19 cases so far. While the central government maintains that community transmission has yet not taken place in India so far, the number of Covid-19 cases in India has crossed the 20,000 mark. More than 600 people have died due to novel coronavirus, while close to 4,000 have recovered.
The past few weeks have seen a significant spike in Covid-19 cases in India, with Maharashtra, Delhi, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh emerging as hotspots. On April 19, Gujarat overtook Madhya Pradesh to become the state with the third highest tally of Covid-19 cases. And on April 22, it became the state with the second highest number of Covid-19 cases, only next to Maharashtra.
India undoubtedly is battling its worst health emergency in the form of the coronavirus pandemic that is spreading across the country with tens of new cases being reported every day.
The scale of this health emergency is such that the central government has decided to extend the nationwide lockdown till May 3. India has been under lockdown since March 25.
The spread of novel coronavirus in India can be better understood from the fact that on March 10 India had just 50 Covid-19 cases. On March 20, this increased to 196 cases; by March 25 to 606 cases and by the end of the month (March 31) India had 1,397 confirmed Covid-19 cases.
As on April 18, government figures show a total of 14,792 people had tested positive for Covid-19 in India.
This health emergency has put immense pressure on the country’s healthcare system and the economy has been severely disrupted. The International Monetary Fund has predicted that India’s GDP growth for 2020-21 will fall to 1.9 per cent, while the global economy is expected to suffer a loss of $9 trillion.
To help explain the scale of the coronavirus outbreak in India, IndiaToday.in is regularly analysing key data and trends related to this health emergency. We bring to you this in-depth analysis and a daily tracker on Covid-19 cases in India.
(Figures and charts used in this report are updated daily and are based on the data displayed on the website of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare at 11.59pm. Individual state governments may have different numbers. (Read the footnote for details on our methodology.))
Coronavirus cases: The national picture
The geographical spread of coronavirus outbreak in India has now extended to 33 states and Union Territories with Meghalaya being the latest to report Covid-19 cases.
The first Covid-19 case in India was reported on January 30 in Kerala’s Thrissur district. The patient, a student studying in Wuhan, China (the epicentre of the novel coronavirus pandemic), had returned home on account of the Lunar New Year festivities in China.
In a span of four days, two other cases were reported in Kerala–in Kasaragod and Alappuzha districts–prompting the state government to declare a state-level emergency on February 3. These two patients were also students who had returned from China.
Following detection, the three patients were immediately put in isolation at state medical facilities and over 3,400 people who were suspected to have come in their contact were quarantined and observed for novel coronavirus-related symptoms. Days later, the three patients were discharged upon recovery.
How Covid-19 cases are rising in India
As mentioned above, the first Covid-19 case in India was reported on January 30 in Kerala’s Thrissur district and by February 3, India had three confirmed Covid-19 cases.
India did not see any new case for nearly a month, until March 2 when two positive cases were reported, one each in Delhi and Hyderabad. Both the patients had a travel history to countries already affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The graph below shows the trend that Covid-19 cases have followed in India.
What has changed in last 5 days?
In normal times, five days may not necessarily be a very long time in a nation’s life, but during a rapidly spreading pandemic, a five-day period can be quite significant. For example, between March 29 and April 2, the number of Covid-19 cases in India rose from 1,024 to 2,069 i.e. India’s Covid-19 cases doubled in this five-day period.
To understand the rate at which Covid-19 cases are increasing in India, we have prepared the chart below. It will compare the number of Covid-19 cases in states and see what has been change in the past five days. We are updating this chart every day to provide you the latest information.
Good news! People are recovering too
While the number of new Covid-19 cases in India have been rising rapidly with tens of new cases being reported, there is also some positive news.
Some of the patients who were admitted and put in isolation after they tested positive for Covid-19, have recovered and been discharged.
The first three cases in India were reported in Kerala between January 30 and February 3 and were put under isolation. However, later in February they recovered and were discharged.
Since then, more patients have recovered in India. As on April 18, a total of 2,015 Covid-19 patients had recovered.
India’s first 50 Covid-19 cases
While most patients in India have had a travel history to countries that have reported a high number of Covid-19 cases, of late there have also been many cases where local transmission (i.e. people contracting the disease in India) has been reported.
IndiaToday.in had earlier analysed travel histories of the first 50 Covid-19 patients in India. Our analysis showed that 39 of them had a travel history to a country that was already affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The remaining 11 contracted the disease through local transmission in India.
These first 50 Covid-19 cases were reported from: Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab, J&K and Ladakh.
Coronavirus test labs: Where and how many?
As on April 17, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) had tested 3,35,123 samples from 3,18,449 individuals for Covid-19.
ICMR has earmarked 122 government labs across the country to test samples for Covid-19. Of these, 113 are operational and nine will become operational soon.
Here is a tool using which you can find the testing facilities in your state/city:
Besides the 122 government labs, ICMR has also given permission to 47 private labs to conduct tests for Covid-19.
The global picture
The interactive dashboard below has been prepared by the World Health Organisation and monitors Covid-19 cases on a daily basis. You can explore the dashboard to find global trends and developments in regards to the coronavius pandemic.