Bhartesh Singh Thakur
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, September 16
The Covid-19 case load in Haryana crossed the one lakh-mark on Wednesday, with 25,000 cases reported in the last 10 days alone.
It took about four months to report the first 25,000 cases in the state but in the last two months three-times more cases (75,000) have been added to the state tally.
With 87,184 cumulative cases in Punjab and 10,513 in Himachal Pradesh (HP), the total cases in the region touched close to 2 lakh on Wednesday.
The first case in Haryana was reported on March 17, when a 29-year-old Gurugram woman tested positive. She had travelled from abroad soon after that the lockdown was imposed.
From June 1, the Unlock phase started and Haryana crossed 25,000 cases on July 18.
The rate of growth in cases has been on rise since then as the government announced more relaxations following Centre’s directions almost in toto.
The 50,000 mark was breached on August 20 in the next 33 days, implying 769.1 cases per day. The next 17 days saw the growth rate doubling to 1,507.2 cases per day as 75,000 mark was crossed on September 6.
However, the last 10 days witnessed the rate climbing to 2,476.7 cases per day as the state’s Covid tally clocked 1.01 lakh on Wednesday.
It is 3,996.3 cases per million population (taking the population of the state as reported in 2011 Census).
The maximum cases in the state have been registered from Faridabad (16,701), followed by Gurugram (16,344), Sonipat (6,447), Ambala (6,390) and Panipat (6,124).
Even Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and some of his Cabinet colleagues had tested positive. Though they have recovered now.
So far, 78,937 people have recovered with a recovery rate of 77.91 per cent and 21,334 are active ones.
Over the time, the testing was ramped up and reached 15.65 lakh tests on Wednesday which also included rapid antigen tests.
The fatality rate in the state is 1.03 per cent with 1,045 deaths, while the neighbouring Punjab has much higher death rate of 3 per cent with 2,592 deaths.
Among the casualties, Haryana witnessed 884 co-morbid cases while 161 didn’t have any co-morbidity. There are 731 men and 314 women among the deceased.
At present, there are 363 cases which are under critical care with 300 on oxygen support and 63 on ventilators.
Haryana has 46, 133 bedded quarantine facilities in dedicated Covid Care Centers and 12,263 beds are available in dedicated Covid hospitals and Covid Health Centers.