India’s Covid-19 tally, fatality rate per million population lowest in world: Health ministry

India’s Covid-19 tally, fatality rate per million population lowest in world: Health ministry

NEW DELHI: India’s total number of

coronavirus cases

and fatalities per million population is one of the lowest in the world, the Union health ministry said on Tuesday even as the country’s infection tally went past the 7 lakh-mark and the death toll rose to 20,160.

Referring to the ‘


Situation Report-168′ dated July 6, the ministry said India’s


cases per million population is 505.37 as against the global average of 1,453.25.

Chile has witnessed 15,459.8 Covid-19 cases per million population, while Peru has 9,070.8 cases per million people.

Complete coverage: Coronavirus pandemicThe US, Brazil, Spain, Russia, the UK, Italy and Mexico have 8,560.5, 7,419.1, 5,358.7, 4,713.5, 4,204.4, 3,996.1 and 1,955.8 cases per million, respectively, according to the WHO report.

“The WHO Situation Report also shows that India has one of the lowest deaths (due to Covid-19) per million population. India’s cases of death per million population is 14.27 while the global average is more than its four times, at 68.29,” the ministry said.

Follow live updates hereThe United Kingdom has 651.4 Covid-19 related deaths per million population, while the metric for Spain, Italy, France, the USA, Peru, Brazil and Mexico is 607.1, 576.6, 456.7, 391.0, 315.8, 302.3 and 235.5 deaths, respectively, the WHO report said.

India has ramped up its hospital infrastructure to adequately and effectively manage coronavirus cases, the ministry said.

The preparedness includes arrangement of oxygen support, ICU and ventilator facilities. As on July 7, there are 1,201 dedicated Covid hospitals, 2,611

Covid healthcare centres

and 9,909 Covid care centres to look after patients with ‘very severe’ to ‘very mild’ coronavirus symptoms, it said.

“Such level of preparedness has shown results in continuously improving the recovery rate and resulting in low case fatality rate,” the ministry said.

“Early detection and timely effective clinical management of Covid-19 cases have resulted in increasing daily recoveries,” it said.

During the last 24 hours, a total of 15,515 Covid-19 patients have been cured, taking the cumulative figure of recovered cases among Covid-19 patients in the country to 4,39,947 as on Tuesday.

“Coordinated efforts at all levels of the national and state governments for prevention, containment and management of Covid-19 are showing encouraging results with consis

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