India Fight Against Coronavirus: Observation from 8th July 2020 Data

A few observations from 8th July 2020 (National Data) on coronavirus pandemic:-

1. COVID19 new case count increased by 10.4% to 25,559 on 8th July with 7-days and 14-days averages of 23,404 and 21,148 respectively. A conclusive trend reversal is still elusive. Proactive measures by states can only help to control the spread.

2. Daily growth rate of the active cases decreased to 2.09% with a 7 days growth rate to 2.55% on 8th July. The daily and 7-days growth must fall to flatten the swelling corona curve.

3. The doubling period of active cases has increased to 27.5 days on 8th July with 7-days growth rate of 2.55%.

4. Doubling period of the confirmed cases was 20.25 days with a growth rate of 3.48% on 8th July. The incremental decline in the growth rate continues increasing the doubling period but it is due to increasing base than any other factor.

5. The daily testing increased to 2,67,061 with a 7-days average of 2,40,666 on 8th July. Considering the significant numbers of asymptotic patients, testing capacity must increase manifolds to stop the spread.

6. The overall positivity rate increased to 7.16% with a daily positivity at 9.57% on 8th July. Testing and tracing would have to be coupled with strict social distancing practices.

7. The overall recovery rate was 61.97% on 8th July with an increased daily recovery rate. To improve the daily recovery rates, the recovery period must fall. It is feasible only with a coronavirus specific medicine or vaccine for the treatment of the patients.

8. The overall case fatality rate has slightly decreased by 3 basis points to 2.75% on 8th July. Case fatality rate is expected to remain below the 3% mark.

9. The daily death count was above the 7-days average. In absence of proper treatment the case fatality rate will increase. India must save human lives.

Rajeev Upadhyay

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