New Delhi, April 06:

The first few weeks of the Covid pandemic’s second wave in India did not see a corresponding rise in fatalities. But that has changed in the last four weeks.
Since March 8, Covid-related deaths have risen at the same pace as the spike in infections, with the seven-day average of daily cases and fatalities both surging by nearly 345% during this period.

Daily deaths (seven-day average) have risen from 96 on March 8 to 425 on April 4, which translates to an increase of nearly 4.5 times, exactly mirroring the rise in cases during this period.

In the previous four weeks (February 8 to March 8), there was a 50% rise in average daily cases but no increase in deaths.The recent spike in deaths has been the sharpest since the beginning of the pandemic.