India's doubling rate of COVID-19 cases increases to 11 days from 3.4

Updated: May 01, 2020, 11:07 IST | Agencies | New Delhi

Health ministry says case fatality has been recorded at 3.2 per cent; in last 24 hours nation records 1,718 new cases

Migrant workers from Punjab, who are stranded due to the lockdown, make a plea to the officials outside the district collector's office to arrange a means of transport for them, in Bengaluru, on Thursday. Pic/PTI
Migrant workers from Punjab, who are stranded due to the lockdown, make a plea to the officials outside the district collector's office to arrange a means of transport for them, in Bengaluru, on Thursday. Pic/PTI

The current doubling rate for COVID-19 cases has improved to 11 days as against 3.4 days before the lockdown was imposed, while the case fatality has been recorded at 3.2 per cent, the health ministry said. Addressing a press briefing, health ministry Joint Secretary, Lav Agarwal said the doubling rate of COVID-19 cases was found to be between 11-20 days in Delhi, UP, Jammu and Kashmir, Orissa, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Punjab.

Doubling rate between 20-40 days has been seen in Karnataka, Ladakh, Haryana, Uttarakhand and Kerala, he added. In the last 24 hours, 1,718 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, taking the total number to 33,050 in India, he said.

Agarwal further said that the current case fatality rate is 3.2 per cent for COVID-19 in the country, with 65 per cent of it males and 35 per cent females.

No way to withdraw the lockdown: Tripura CM

Dilip Ghosh, Bengal BJP chief

'I was dumbstruck on hearing the CM say that she was not involved in the formation of the death audit committee. The CM says she even doesn't know who all are in the panel. Then who is running the govt? It must be a ghost. Otherwise, she wouldn't have made such a remark'

Biplab Kumar Deb, Tripura chief minister

'We do not find any way to withdraw the lockdown as it is the only viable means to break the chain of the Coronavirus outbreak. It seems we have to continue with the lockdown andwe have to withdraw some restrictions in a phased manner'

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