Photos: India’s first Covid-19 wave appears to be receding

India is experiencing its first drop of significant magnitude and consistency in the Covid-19 cases and death trajectories. Fluctuations and waves in the virus’ trajectory have been recorded across the world with the worst affected country, the United States for instance, on its third wave currently. India’s trajectory had been climbing throughout the emergence of the pathogen till mid-September. Experts warn that with the festive season coming up, the curve may rise again if people let their guard down during the celebrations.

Updated On Oct 09, 2020 11:34 AM IST
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A health worker (L) collects a swab sample from a woman to test for the Covid-19 at a community health centre on the outskirts of Hyderabad on October 7. The first wave of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) appears to be receding for the first time across the country HT reported, with cases seeing a steady drop for three consecutive weeks. (Noah Seelam / AFP)
Updated on Oct 09, 2020 11:34 AM IST

A health worker (L) collects a swab sample from a woman to test for the Covid-19 at a community health centre on the outskirts of Hyderabad on October 7. The first wave of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) appears to be receding for the first time across the country HT reported, with cases seeing a steady drop for three consecutive weeks. (Noah Seelam / AFP)

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People walk past artwork raising awareness about the use of face masks in Navi Mumbai on October 7. The seven-day average of daily cases in India touched 93,617 on September 16, the highest till date. In the three weeks since, this number (also referred to as the daily case trajectory) has dropped every single day and stands at xxxx on October 8. (Bachchan Kumar / HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 09, 2020 11:34 AM IST

People walk past artwork raising awareness about the use of face masks in Navi Mumbai on October 7. The seven-day average of daily cases in India touched 93,617 on September 16, the highest till date. In the three weeks since, this number (also referred to as the daily case trajectory) has dropped every single day and stands at xxxx on October 8. (Bachchan Kumar / HT Photo)

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A waiter walks past tables that have been blocked to maintain social distancing at restaurant after they reopened, in Mumbai on October 8. India’s doubling rate — the number of days it takes for the number of infections to double — has seen a drastic improvement in the past month. On October 7, it stood at 60 days, as against 32.6 days on September 7. (Francis Mascarenhas / REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 09, 2020 11:34 AM IST

A waiter walks past tables that have been blocked to maintain social distancing at restaurant after they reopened, in Mumbai on October 8. India’s doubling rate — the number of days it takes for the number of infections to double — has seen a drastic improvement in the past month. On October 7, it stood at 60 days, as against 32.6 days on September 7. (Francis Mascarenhas / REUTERS)

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People buy vegetables from a stall at vegetable market in Gurugram on October 6. This is the first time a drop of this magnitude and consistency has been recorded in the Covid-19 case and death trajectories in India. (Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 09, 2020 11:34 AM IST

People buy vegetables from a stall at vegetable market in Gurugram on October 6. This is the first time a drop of this magnitude and consistency has been recorded in the Covid-19 case and death trajectories in India. (Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)

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A worker cleans a cinema hall as part of preparations for a possible reopening in Chennai on October 8. Across the world, there have been fluctuations and waves in the case (and death) trajectories — the US, for instance, is on its third wave currently — but India’s trajectory has been climbing till mid-September. (Arun Sankar / AFP)
Updated on Oct 09, 2020 11:34 AM IST

A worker cleans a cinema hall as part of preparations for a possible reopening in Chennai on October 8. Across the world, there have been fluctuations and waves in the case (and death) trajectories — the US, for instance, is on its third wave currently — but India’s trajectory has been climbing till mid-September. (Arun Sankar / AFP)

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A health worker notes down the name of a person before he is tested for Covid-19 in New Delhi on October 8. A drop has also been seen in the death trajectory. The seven-day average of daily deaths in the country was at its highest on September 15, when it touched 1,169. This number has also dropped since then, and as on October 8, it stands at xxx. (Altaf Qadri / AP)
Updated on Oct 09, 2020 11:34 AM IST

A health worker notes down the name of a person before he is tested for Covid-19 in New Delhi on October 8. A drop has also been seen in the death trajectory. The seven-day average of daily deaths in the country was at its highest on September 15, when it touched 1,169. This number has also dropped since then, and as on October 8, it stands at xxx. (Altaf Qadri / AP)

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Health workers conduct door to door screening of residents in Mumbai on October 7. The reversal in trajectory has been led by the some of the states that have so far caused the national spike in cases — Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Delhi. Together, these four states have been responsible for 46% of all infections in the country. (Pratik Chorge / HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 09, 2020 11:34 AM IST

Health workers conduct door to door screening of residents in Mumbai on October 7. The reversal in trajectory has been led by the some of the states that have so far caused the national spike in cases — Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Delhi. Together, these four states have been responsible for 46% of all infections in the country. (Pratik Chorge / HT Photo)

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People wearing face masks wait for their turn at a Covid-19 sample collection and testing centre in New Delhi on October 7. A handful of states, particularly Kerala and Karnataka, however, appear to be defying the larger trend and cases there remain currently at peak levels and appear to be rising. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 09, 2020 11:34 AM IST

People wearing face masks wait for their turn at a Covid-19 sample collection and testing centre in New Delhi on October 7. A handful of states, particularly Kerala and Karnataka, however, appear to be defying the larger trend and cases there remain currently at peak levels and appear to be rising. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)

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