April so far is the deadliest month since the beginning of the pandemic and the last seven days alone accounted for half of the deaths reported in the entire month.
Despite lower testing in the weekend, Monday was the sixth day in a row when India’s Covid count for the past 24 hours exceeded 3 lakh (3.2 lakh on Monday) and deaths crossed the 2,000 mark for the seventh consecutive day.
With 2,771 mortalities on Monday, the month has claimed 34,600 lives so far of which 17,338 came in the last 7 days.
The death toll for this month which still has a week to go is higher than 33,230 deaths reported in September 2020—the month that previously held the record of highest Covid fatalities.
It is also alarming to note the sudden jump in fatalities. In March 2021, India saw 5,656 Covid deaths, which increased by six times in April.
Previously, 33,230 deaths in September came after 28,954 deaths in August while July had accounted for 18,676 deaths.
India’s toll second highest this month after Brazil, US third
This time, however, it seems that the sudden onslaught of cases has taken our healthcare system by surprise and the spike in cases might be linked to the overburdening of India’s health facilities. If this is the reason for the sudden spike in deaths then we must be prepared for worse to come.
A comparison with international data also shows that India no longer holds the distinction of having significantly low overall fatality as compared to other worst-affected countries.
Despite being highly disputed, India’s official death count for April 2021 is the world’s second-highest after Brazil that reported over 75,000 deaths in the month.
The third highest death was reported by the US where 21,489 people have so far died in April because of Covid or related complications.
Apart from these three countries Mexico, Poland and Italy reported 13027, 12370 and 10142 deaths respectively for this month.
WHO’s data shows that no other country has reported over 10,000 deaths so far for April, 2021. Because of the lower testing on weekends, Maharashtra which reported the country’s highest case saw a decline in fresh cases.
Compared to 66,191 cases reported yesterday, the state reported 48,700 cases in the past 24 hours.
The weekend effect was visible in most other states like Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Delhi—the country worst hit states with over 20,000 cases all reported lower cases on Monday as compared to the previous day.