India’s cases double in every 7.5 days; Kerala, Odisha have the slowest doubling rate

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New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry has praised Odisha and Kerala for their effective management of the pandemic. Both states have the longest doubling rates in the country.

India’s doubling rate has slowed to 7.5 days from 3.3 days in the pre-lockdown period. Kerala has the slowest doubling rate of 72.2 days, followed by Odisha with a doubling rate of 39.8 days.

This means that Kerala takes 72 days and Odisha takes 39 days to double their cases.

“India’s doubling rate before the lockdown was 3.4 days, it has now improved to 7.5 days. As per data on April 19, in 18 states, the rate is better than the national average” said Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry.

Seven states- Andaman & Nokober Islands, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Assam, Uttarakhand and Ladakh have doubling rate between 20-30 days.

He also informed that the number of districts where no cases have been reported in the last 14 days have increased to 59.

India has reported additional 1553 confirmed COVID19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 17265. 36 more deaths also reported in the last 24 hours.

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