Doubling rate has improved to 12 days, says Govt


The rate at which COVID-19 cases has been doubling in India is slower than several other countries such as the USA, Italy, Spain and the UK which have been hit hard by the pandemic, according to official sources.

In terms of mortality rate too, India fared better than these developed nations.

Data from the health ministry and Worldometer, a website that records confirmed cases of infection and deaths globally, said in India coronavirus cases doubled from 500 to 1,000 in five days and then took four days to reach 2,000. It took just three days for coronavirus cases in the country to double and reach the 4,000 mark but six days for the tally to reach 8,000. Then the doubling rate was eight days when the tally reached 16,000 and 10 days as it hit the 32,000 mark.

In comparison, in the US, it took three days for the cases to double from 500-1,000, two days to go up from 1,000 to 2,000, three days from 2,000 to 4000, two days from 4,000 to 8,000, two days again from 8,000 to 16,000 and another two days to go up from 16,000 to 32,000 cases.

In Italy, for the same range of cases, it took two, two, four, three, four days and five days respectively while in Spain for the same range of cases of COVID-19, it took two, two, two, three, three and four days. As for the United Kingdom, the number of days it took for cases to double from 500 was two days, four days from 1,000 to 2000, three days from 2,000 to 4,000, again three days from there to reach 8,000 cases, four days to reach 16,000 and five days to hit the 32,000.

Not just the doubling rate of coronavirus cases, official sources say that the mortality rate was lower in India than many other countries.