India has lowest death rate of coronavirus globally: Health Ministry
New Delhi : Even when India is showing a steep growth in the daily number of positive coronavirus cases, the country has managed to keep the death rate per million lowest globally, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Thursday.
"We are the second-most populous country in the world. Despite a population of 1.3 billion people, India has been able to manage Covid-19 relatively well. If you look at cases per million populations, it still remains amongst the lowest in the world," Rajesh Bhushan, OSD, Ministry of Health said.
"When we talk of the caseload of Covid-19 in India, it is 2,69,000 people. This tells us that at the end of the day we’ve managed a situation where our health care infrastructure is not unduly burdened and is not creaking due to the pressure," Bhushan added.
Going by the official date, India currently has 528 positive coronavirus cases per million. Cases per million population in some countries are at least 16-17 times more than what it is in India. And talking about fatalities, India has 15 deaths per million whereas there are countries where it is 40 times as much, the health ministry data indicated.
“The number of Covid-19 tests has increased, on an average, we are testing more than 2.6 lakh samples per day. We hope to see a further rise by the use of the antigen test,” ICMR’s senior scientist Nivedita Gupta said.
About 10 per cent of India’s population (60 years and above) accounts for 53 per cent of the country’s Covid-19 related deaths, the health ministry official said.