The number of Covid-19 cases in India continues to rise every day. Thirty-three of the country's 36 states and Union Territories have reported Covid-19 cases so far. While the central government maintains that community has yet not taken place in India so far, the number of Covid-19 cases in India has crossed the 20,000 mark. More than 600 people have died due to novel coronavirus, while close to 4,000 have recovered.
The past few weeks have seen a significant spike in Covid-19 cases in India, with Maharashtra, Delhi, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh emerging as hotspots. On April 19, Gujarat overtook Madhya Pradesh to become the state with the third highest tally of Covid-19 cases. And on April 22, it became the state with the second highest number of Covid-19 cases, only next to Maharashtra.
India undoubtedly is battling its worst health emergency in the form of the coronavirus pandemic that is spreading across the country with tens of new cases being reported every day.
The scale of this health emergency is such that the central government has decided to extend the nationwide lockdown till May 3. India has been under lockdown since March 25.
The spread of novel coronavirus in India can be better understood from the fact that on March 10 India had just 50 Covid-19 cases. On March 20, this increased to 196 cases; by March 25 to 606 cases and by the end of the month (March 31) India had 1,397 confirmed Covid-19 cases.
As on April 18, government figures show a total of 14,792 people had tested positive for Covid-19 in India.
This health emergency has put immense pressure on the country's healthcare system and the economy has been severely disrupted. The International Monetary Fund has predicted that India's GDP growth for 2020-21 will fall to 1.9 per cent, while the global economy is expected to suffer a loss of $9 trillion.
To help explain the scale of the 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.
(Figures and charts used in this report are updated daily and are based on the data displayed on the website of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare at 11.59pm. Individual state governments may have different numbers. (Read the footnote for details on our methodology.)