Covid19 tracker: As tens of new novel coronavirus cases continue to get reported every day, IndiaToday brings you a daily tracker on coronavirus cases in India to provide an in-depth data analysis on this health emergency.
- 649 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in India as of 10.15 am today
- Of these 649 cases, 43 have recovered while 13 are dead
- India has so far tested 25,144 samples for Covid-19
The coronavirus outbreak in India is spreading rapidly with tens of new cases being reported every day from states across the country. The scale of this health emergency is such that the entire country has been put under a 21-day lockdown. In the 10 days between March 10 and 20, the number of people in India who tested positive for Covid-19, the disease caused by novel coronavirus, jumped from 50 to 196. And by March 25, it further rose to 606. Of these 606 patients, 43 patients have recovered following treatment, while 10 have died.
India, like most countries, is currently battling its worst health emergency in several decades. The pressure on the country’s healthcare system and the economy in general is immense as the entire country is under a lockdown.
To help explain the scale of 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.
(These figures are updated daily to provide you the latest information and are based on the data displayed on the website of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare at 11.59pm on March 25. 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 25 states and Union Territories with Manipur and Mizoram 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 Covid-19-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.
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.
Good news! People are getting cured 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 March 25, a total of 43 Covid-19 patients had recovered. This is 7.09 per cent of the total cases reported in India.