Good news on Covid front: Average daily positivity rate at 4-month low

With 63,655 fresh infections, India’s caseload rose to 72,32,981 and with 740 deaths the cumulative toll went up to 1,10,568.

While 62,93,524 patients have recovered from the virus, active cases in the country dropped by nearly 13,000 to 8,28,889 infections, according to the data collated from various state governments.

India’s average daily Covid-19 positivity rate has demonstrated a sharp decline week-on-week over the last four weeks with it falling to 5.1% on Monday — the lowest in the last four months. On Monday, a total of 55,342 new infected cases were detected after 10,73,014 samples were tested to check for Covid-19.

The downward trend in India’s coronavirus cases continued on Tuesday as 55,342 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in 24 hours taking the country’s Covid tally past 71.75 lakh, showed data shared by the Health Ministry.

Tuesday was the first time since August 18 (55,079) that India has reported around 55,000 cases in a day, and second day when the total new infections were under 70,000 since the September surge of around 90,000 cases a day.

Nearly one in every five patients, or 17.9% of the people, with so-called comorbidities who contract the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in India, succumb to the viral disease, according to the Union health ministry data. For patients with no underlying medical conditions, the corresponding proportion is 1.2%.

Comorbidity refers to the existence of multiple medical conditions in the same person. In the case of Covid-19, having conditions such hypertension, diabetes, heart, liver or kidney disease increases the risk of a patient developing a more severe form of the disease and of dying.