COVID-19 in India, September

India // 25 September, 2020

At least 5,700,000 cases and 91,000 deaths have been reported. Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala are reporting the majority of cases.

Status: Outbreak

25 September:  Most cases (75%) continue to be concentrated in 10 states. Overall, the recovery rate is also improving and the number of recoveries have crossed 4 million mark. Delhi is seeing a resurgence of cases again.

16 September: The nation has crossed the 5 million case mark, less than two weeks after reporting 4 million cases. A surge of more than 90,000 cases in 24 hours carried India past the milestone. It is the fastest-growing outbreak in the world right now. One in every 21 COVID deaths worldwide is currently reported in India.

11 September: India is now the second highest in the list of countries that are reporting most cases of COVID-19. A new high of daily cases was recorded yesterday with over 95,700 cases reported yesterday. About 74% of the active cases are being reported from nine states; of which Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh constitute more than 48% and the rest 25.1% contributed by Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Odisha, Assam, Chhattisgarh.

A report with results of a national serosurvey was released. The serosurvey was carried between May and June this year reveals that seropositivity rate was highest in rural areas followed by urban slums and urban non-slums respectively. Experts stated that "Males, living in urban slums and occupation with high risk of exposure to potentially infected persons were associated with seropositivity."

6 September: India crossed 4 million mark with over 90,000 cases reported in one day. High COVID-19 activity including high fatality rate has been reported in 35 districts across Delhi, West Bengal, Maharashtra; Gujarat; Puducherry and Jharkhand regions.

4 September: Cases in Delhi are rising as the city prepares for a third sero-survey. In addition to the most affected states, Tripura and Chhattisgarh are recording a rise in new cases per day. States with high rates of COVID-19 infection among health workers are Telangana, Maharashtra, Delhi, Karnataka, Puducherry and Punjab.

A serosurvey done in Chennai indicates about 80% of the city's population is still vulnerable to infection. Serosurveys done previously in Mumbai and Pune suggested showed a variable presence of antibodies in only some areas. However, India is reporting lowest fatality rates in the world.

1 September: India reported the global's highest number of new COVID cases recorded in a day with 78, 761 cases breaking the record held by the US who had 77,368 cases on 17 July 2020. The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued several guidelines for Unlock 4.0 which is supposed to start from today, however a number of public places such as movie halls will continue to remain shut. Media has quoted experts stating that testing per million in India is second lowest among the ten most affected countries and stands at at 30,000.



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