India’s Covid-19 deaths per million at 53, among lowest in the world

Health secretary Rajesh Bhushan

New Delhi (NVI): India’s coronavirus fatalities per million population are 53 which is the lowest compared to the world average of 115 deaths per million, said Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Union Health Ministry.

Speaking at a media briefing on the COVID-19 situation in the country, Rajesh Bhushan said the case fatality rate (CFR) has been continuously declining.

“Case fatality rate is continuously declining. It was at 2.15 per cent in the first week of August, now it stands at 1.7 per cent,” he said.

Moreover, there are 14 states and UTs that have less than 5,000 coronavirus cases, Bhushan said, adding that, India’s COVID-19 cases per million are 3,102, which is among the lowest in the world.

“People should also come forward to get themselves tested for COVID-19 if they have symptoms,” Bhushan said.

He further said, most affected states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu account for 70 per cent of COVID-19 deaths in India.

“28 states and UTs have COVID-19 case fatality rate lower than national average of 1.7 per cent, Bhushan added.

So far, India’s death toll stands at 72,775, while the overall tally of coronavirus cases in the country has reached to 42,80,423, the Health Ministry data shows.

-RJV