Coronavirus cases in India decline, explained why it happened

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Coronavirus Cases decline in India (Image: Pixabay)
Coronavirus Cases decline in India (Image: Pixabay)

New Delhi : On Friday, India became the first nation in the world to report more than four lakh coronavirus cases in a single day but two days later, it registered a substantial loss in the number with only 3.68 lakh new cases on Sunday. On Friday and Saturday, India had registered 4.01 lakh and 3.92 lakh cases respectively.

The best possible reason behind this is less testing. Only 15 lakh samples were tested on Sunday, whereas 18 to 19 lakh samples are tested in normal days. On Saturday, over 18 lakh samples were tested, and on two previous days, the number of tests exceeded 19 lakh, the maximum so far.

Less sample tests on Sunday is not new, instead it is a regular thing observed in last few weeks. Its impact is registered on Monday as most of the test reports come a day after. This is why less cases are reported on Monday's tally.

For four days now, the number of active cases has increased by less than a lakh. On Sunday, it increased by 63,998, the lowest amount in the last 20 days. Between April 13 and April 28, active cases were increasing by more than a lakh a day.

Which State is crucial?

Since the beginning of the pandemic in India, Maharashtra has remained the biggest contributor in the coronavirus case; but in last few weeks, Uttar Pradesh had started registering more than 30,000 cases in a single day. The state has a potential to easily cross Maharashtra's record, but it managed to stand at 30,000 mark from past one week.

Karnataka and Kerala, two other states that have been reporting more than 30,000 cases a day, have also been showing a declining trend for the last few days, but it is still too early to know whether this will hold on.

In Delhi also the number of new coronavirus cases has declined but the bigger concern remains that it has registered more number of coronavirus deaths. Delhi has so far recorded close to 17,000 deaths, second only to Maharashtra’s 72,000.

The state which is racing ahead is Andhra Pradesh, which was the second worst affected state during the first wave. Andhra Pradesh had been rising relatively slowly in the second wave, but has accelerated in the last one week.

On Sunday, the state reported close to 24,000 cases, about 4,500 more than what was discovered just a day earlier.