2nd wave 4 times more infectious than first one

Highest daily average cases were 298 in last peak, now 1,141

2nd wave 4 times more infectious than first one

People being vaccinated against Covid in Ludhiana on Thursday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Nitin Jain
Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, May 6

The second Covid wave, which continues to rapidly slide into a devastating crisis, has turned out to be four-times more infectious than the first one in Ludhiana district, if the official figures are any indication.

The data compiled by the district administration, a copy of which is with The Tribune, revealed that the daily average positive cases during the ongoing second Covid wave have touched a new high of 1,141 in the district between April 26 and May 2 as compared to the highest tally of 298 recorded here between September 14 and 20 last year during the first peak.

The figures showed that the average daily infections had been rising exponentially in the district since February 15 when the figure was mere 46 and it rose to 65 between February 22 and 28; 102 between March 1 and 7; 143 between March 8 and 14; 270 between March 15 and 21 and touched 384 between March 22 and 28.

Though the daily cases came down to 368 between March 29 and April 4, the tally again started rising to 427 between April 5 and 11; 585 between April 12 and 18 and reaching 934 between April 19 and 25.

Comparatively, the average figure in the last peak began from 216 between August 3 and 9 last year; 223 between August 10 and 16; 298 between August 17 and 23; 194 between August 24 and 30; 249 between August 31 and September 6; 297 between September 7 and 13 and dipping drastically to 170 between September 21 and 27.

The dip continued later as well with the district’s average daily cases further decreasing to 145 between September 28 and October 4; 97 between October 5 and 11; 71 between October 12 and 18; 50 between October 19 and 25 and 48 between October 26 and November 1. The tally once again started rising and was 63 between November 2 and 8; 87 between November 9 and 15; 87 between November 16 and 22; 91 between November 16 and 22; 99 between November 23 and 29 and 103 between November 30 and December 6.

The figure started receding and was 70 between December 7 and 13; 62 between December 14 and 20; and touched the lowest of 39 between December 21 and 27 last year.

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