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National case fatality rate dips to 2.84%, falls below 3% for first time since April 7


New Delhi: The Covid-19 case fatality rate (CFR) for India was 2.84% on Friday, for the first time below 3% in the last one-and-a-half months. The rate indicates the percentage of people who have died of the pandemic among the total number of people who have tested positive.

The last time CFR was this low was on April 7, when there were 5,194 cases. The rate has been increasing since April when the cases were below 10,000. CFR was 3.4% since the beginning of May. The declining trend started at the beginning of this week, when the case fatality rate was 2.89% on May 24 which dipped to 2.87% on May 25 and to 2.84% on Friday.

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West Bengal leads the states which have a CFR higher than the national average with 6.5%. Its rate has, however, dipped from10%. Gujarat too has a high CFR at 6.2%, which has increased gradually from 5.8% to 6% in early May. Madhya Pradesh, which had CFR of 6% in early May, has shown a CFR dip to 4.3%. Maharashtra, which has the highest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases, has a CFR just above the national average at 3.3%, a dip from 4% in the beginning of May.

The ministry data also shows Covid-19 incidence per million was highest in Delhi. It refers to the number of cases found positive per million and is an indicator of the spread. Delhi, which conducts the highest daily tests, has the highest incidence of 810 per million – 810 people are found positive per million of population. It was 275 on May 7. Maharashtra’s figure was 483.3, followed by Tamil Nadu at 254.9 per million. Meanwhile, India’s coronavirus death toll has surpassed that of China after it reported a total of 4,706 fatalities.





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