We present here the time-series of some quantitative measures which track the spread of the epidemic in the country, using publicly available data. Note that the detected number of cases and thereby all these measures are affected by testing strategies that induce bias in the sampling. They are also affected by errors in the data due to mis-reporting of fatalities and recovered and randomness in the time lags in reporting them. Nevertheless, we feel that they provide a broad overview of the pan-India situation. We focus on some of the most affected states. For district level data, go here. The main message is that there is a lot of heterogeneity across the country.

National and state wise data for reported numbers of infected, dead, recovered, active cases

How many cases have been detected and where are they ?

If the time series of active cases shows a decline it implies that the rate of recovery is higher than the rate , a signature that the spread of the disease is under control in that region. Note that some evidence of problems in the data are visible. eg. the sharp rise in the number of deaths in West Bengal early in May and the sharp increase in the number of recoveries in Punjab in mid May.

Doubling time of reported infections and tests

How rapidly are the cases growing ? How rapidly are the tests ramping up ?

The doubling time describes the rate of growth of the cases at any point of time. It is the time it will take for the number of cases to double at that rate of growth. Thus, the higher the doubling time the slower is the growth of the detected cases in the region. The oscillations seen in the data probably correspond to the detection and containment of clusters. However, since the data is noisy, the amount amplitude of the oscillations has large uncertainties. Also shown is the doubling time of tests being done, to check whether the increase in tests is keeping up with the increase in detected cases. Ideally, the ramping up of tests should happen faster than the rate of detection.

National numbers and their link to states

Below is a bar chart showing the percentage contribution of detected confirmed cases (C), deceased cases (D), recovered cases (R) and active cases (A=C-R-D) for the top 12 states contributing to the infections in India.

As can be seen, the distribution of the confirmed cases across the states is not similar to the distribution of death, active and recovered cases. This indicates the level of heterogenity in the country.

Fraction of cases that are active

Progress of the epidemic

We plot the ratio A/C=A/(A+R+D), where A is the number of detected active cases, C the number of detected cases, R the number of recovered and D the number of deceased. At the beginning of the epidemic, R=D=0 and hence A/C=1. At the end of the epidemic, A=0 and hence A/C=0. Thus this ratio can be taken to be a rough measure of the stage of the epidemic.

Test Positivity

How extensive is the testing ?

Test positivity is defined as the ratio of the number of detected positive cases to the total number of tests that have been done. It depends on (a) the prevalence of the infection in the region (b) The testing strategy. If most tests are done on cases which are clinically judged to have a high probability (eg symptomatic contacts of confirmed cases) the test positivity will be high. On the other hand if the the tests are done more extensively it will be low.

Case fatality ratio

How many undetected cases are there ?

The case fatality ratio (CFR) is the probability that a detected case will lead to mortality. During the epidemic, it is difficult to measure this ratio, at any time instant, since the fate of the active cases is unknown. However, in most situations, it will lie between the two quantities plotted below. Namely, D/C < CFR < D/(R+D). Assuming that most of the deaths are recorded, the CFR provides a measure of the number of undetected case.

Methodology for computing the different observables

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