According to covid19india.org, which uses state bulletins and official Twitter handles to update their numbers 4-6 times a day, India has crossed 25,000 COVID-19 cases. Its website is reporting 25,029 cases and 794 deaths as of 28 minutes ago.
India has become the 16th country in the world with 25,000+ cases (it was 24th to cross 5,000 cases, 22nd to cross 10,000 and 17th to cross 15,000 as well as 20,000 cases). The rank in terms of number of deaths is No. 19 (it was 20 when India crossed 15,000 cases).
In terms of states, Maharashtra leads with 6,817 cases and 301 deaths, followed by Gujarat with 2,815 cases and 127 deaths, Delhi with 2,514 cases and 53 deaths, Rajasthan with 2,061 cases and 33 deaths, Madhya Pradesh with 1,945 cases and 99 deaths, Tamil Nadu with 1,821 cases and 23 deaths, and UP with 1,778 cases and 26 deaths. Maharashtra would rank No.43 in the world in no. of cases if it were a country.
West Bengal, which is bigger than Gujarat, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh by population (and obviously far bigger than Delhi) seems to be suppressing data, supposedly for political benefits. This has not only been covered extensively by Indian media but now also by international media. West Bengal has only reported 571 cases and 18 deaths.
Four days ago, I had written that, at the compounded daily growth rate (CDGR) India has had in the previous 7-day period, we are likely to cross 25,000 cases by 24 April. It is therefore good news that we have taken a day longer. This is because the CDGR has come down from 8.45% to 7.73%.
While Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government are doing everything they can to prevent the Coronavirus Pandemic from affecting India as much as some worse affected countries, a fact that has been well recognised by many world leaders several times in the past few weeks, it is a shame that some opposition parties/politicians and their supporters (or those who are not opposition supporters but still hate Modi regardless) continue to make fun of his ideas and initiatives. One particular madam gave such advice to the PM that even a 12-year-old said was stupid. Her son was so “strategic” in his criticism of the Modi government that he used the word “strategic” as many as 17 times in his 54-minute press conference recently.
However, it is good to see that most state Chief Ministers are partnering with Modi and the Government of India to help save our lives, such as agreeing to a 19-day extension to the first 21-day lockdown.
LATEST UPDATES (at 1:30 pm UTC):
- The world has crossed 2.855 million cases
- The global death toll is over 198,500
- 6 countries have crossed 125,000 cases (up from 1 on April 3)
- 9 countries have crossed 75,000 cases (up from 4 on April 3)
- 16 countries have crossed 25,000 cases (up from 11 on April 3)
- 24 countries have crossed 15,000 cases (up from 16 on April 16)
- 32 countries have crossed 10,000 cases (up from 23 on April 16)
- 39 countries have crossed 7,500 cases (up from 26 on April 16)
46 countries have crossed 5,000 cases (up from 20 on April 16)
- 5 countries have 15,000+ deaths (up from just 1 on April 3)
- 11 countries have 3000+ deaths (up from 7 on April 3)
- 17 countries have 1000+ deaths (up from 10 on April 3)
- 25 countries have 500+ deaths (up from 16 on April 16)