India’s COVID-19 deaths per million population among lowest in world

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New Delhi (NVI): India continues to report one of the lowest coronavirus deaths per million population in the world, which stands at 81, Union Health Ministry said.

“These results are boosted by 22 states and UTs which had demonstrated better performance and are reporting even lower deaths per million compared to the national average,” the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said in a statement.

Since October 2, less than 1,100 single-day COVID-19 deaths have been reported continuously in the country. With this, the case fatality rate (CFR) has been on the continuous downslide and stands at of 1.52 per cent in India.

“As part of the COVID-19 management and response policy, there has been a sharp focus of the government on not only containing spread of COVID-19, but to reduce deaths and to save lives by providing quality clinical care to the critical and severe patients,” the statement noted.

The ministry also praised the collaborative efforts of State and UT governments which have resulted in strengthening of the health facilities across the country.

Furthermore, maintaining the spree of registering more recoveries than the new confirmed cases, 70,338 single day recoveries were registered in last 24 hours as against 63,371 new confirmed cases, the ministry said.

The total recovered cases stand at 64,53,779, while the gap between recovered cases and active cases has crossed 56 lakh mark. However, the recovered cases are 8 times more than the active case now.

Presently, the active cases comprise merely 10.92 per cent the total positive cases of the country standing at 8,04,528, the ministry said, adding that, “Higher number of recoveries has aided the national recovery rate to further improve to 87.56 per cent.”

About 78 per cent of the new recovered cases are observed to be concentrated in 10 States and UTs. Out of these, Maharashtra alone has contributed the maximum with more than 13,000 single day recovery.

India reported 63,371 fresh cases of COVID-19 in past 24 hours, taking the country’s tally to 73,70,469 as the death toll rose by 895 to reach 1,12,161, as per the ministry data.

-RJV