Is Covid-19 in India less severe than everywhere else?

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​What the numbers say
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​What the numbers say

It took India 2 months to hit 1000 coronavirus cases. With just about 1250 cases, many say India is faring better as the covid pandemic sweeps across the globe.

Here's what the numbers say...

​Case #1
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​Case #1

India recorded its first confirmed coronavirus case in January when a group of students arrived from Wuhan, the epicentre of novel coronavirus pandemic. The first death was recorded on March 12 in Karnataka. In a space of 20 days, India recorded more than 1,100 cases and more than 30 deaths due to Covid-19.

This is almost the same trajectory that the rest of the world has followed. The only difference is a relatively slower progress in India.

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​Sudden Surge
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​Sudden Surge

India reported three consecutive days of over 100 cases. The lower number or the slower progress of in India is attributed to a low rate of testing for the novel coronavirus. India's total testing stood at fewer than 27,000 last weekend.

At a rate of 19 per million population, India is carrying out the least covid tests in the world. The US has tested more than 5.5 lakh people while a much smaller country in population, South Korea has tested close to 4 lakh people.

​Testing times
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​Testing times

India is facing an acute shortage of testing kits. The government is in the process of increasing the stock of testing kits and personal protective equipment for the health professionals.

According to data available, India's seemingly less severe Covid-19 outbreak may turn out to be a cover that could blow off when more testing happens.

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​World Stats
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​World Stats

South Korea is an example to follow for many countries. It had reported 11 deaths when it registered the first 1,000 novel coronavirus infections. South Korea today has a fatality rate of 1.6%.

China's fatality rate for Covid-19 is over 4%. However, a new study by a Hong Kong-based researcher shows that the initial death rate in Wuhan, where the pandemic broke out, could have been just around 1.5%.

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