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Covid-19 death rate lowest in India: Health Ministry

Covid-19 death rate lowest in India: Health Ministry

The Central government said Tuesday that India's coronavirus recovery rate has improved to 48.07 per cent while the fatality rate is one of the lowest in the world.

Joint Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Lav Agarwal said that the recovery rate is continuously improving and a total of 95,527 patients have been cured. He added that the recovery rate in India at 48.07 per cent has climbed up from 11.42 per cent since April 15.

Agarwal said the fatality rate is also declining and stands at 2.82 per cent, which is the "lowest in the world", compared to a global fatality rate of 6.13 per cent. "Our case fatality rate per lakh population too is amongst the lowest in the world, while there are countries with a figure as high as 62 and 82."

Agarwal said that 14 countries with the similar population as India have reported 22.5 times more cases and 55.2 times deaths. He attributed this to "timely identification of cases and proper clinical management."

He went on to say that 73 per cent of the deaths in the nation have been of people with co-morbidities such as diabetes, hypertension, heart and respiratory diseases. Agarwal said: "Our analysis shows that people at high risk from Covid-19 are elderly people and those with comorbidities."

Meanwhile, India witnessed 8,171 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours. With this, the total case count mounted to 1,98,706 on Tuesday. At least 204 new fatalities were also recorded in 24 hours, taking the toll to 5,598..