The capital recorded 6,684 deaths as against a little over 2.63 lakh cases reported during this period, translating to a CFR of 2.54%. This is more than twice the fatality rate of 1.12% recorded in Delhi in the previous three weeks and significantly higher than the capital’s overall CFR of 1.63%.
The national CFR in May so far is 1.17%, also a sharp rise from 0.73% recorded in the previous three week (April 10-30). This is because deaths have risen at a sharper rate than cases in May so far.
The country has reported 83,135 deaths in May, a 92% rise from the 43,258 fatalities in the previous three weeks. By contrast, cases have risen by around 20%, up from 59.5 lakh in April 10-20 to 71.3 lakh in May 1-21. Cases have been falling since peaking around May 8 but the death count has shown a much lower decline, possibly owing to a lag of around two weeks normally seen between trends in deaths in comparison to cases. The overall CFR in the country is 1.13%.
Among the bigger states, Punjab has the second highest death rate in May of 2.46%. Uttarakhand, the venue of this year’s Kumbh, has the third highest CFR of 2.34%, higher than the rate in the previous three weeks (1.18%) as well as the state’s overall rate of 1.85%, pointing to a big surge in deaths in recent weeks.