Covid-19 pandemic: Gov says people aged over 60 years account for 53% of India’s COVID deaths

Amid the novel coronavirus cases in the country touching 7.6 lakh since the outbreak, the Union Health Ministry today said…
Gov says people aged over 60 years account for 53% of India's COVID deaths

Amid the novel coronavirus cases in the country touching 7.6 lakh since the outbreak, the Union Health Ministry today said the number of virus cases and deaths per million population remains the lowest in the world.

The Ministry also informed that according to the World Health Organization report, there are 538 cases per million population in the country while in some countries are at least 16-17 times more than what it is in India.

“We have 15 deaths per million population whereas we have countries where it is 40 times as much,” said Bhushan.

The Ministry also added that more than half the Covid-19 deaths, 53%, are fatalities over 60 years of age. One percent of the deaths in India are among 14 years of age, 3% among people between 15 to 29 years of age, while 11% between 30 and 44 years of age, 32% among 45-59 years of aged and 39% among people who are aged between 60 and 74.

India is currently testing more than 2.6 lakh of samples per day.

As many as 6,79,831 Covid-19 tests have been conducted in Delhi alone, which accounts for 35,780 tests per 10 lakh people.

Over 20,000 tests are being conducted daily and the active cases are in control in the national capital, informed Punya Salila Srivastava, Joint Secy, Home Ministry.

The ministry said Bharat Biotech & Cadila Healthcare are developing vaccines for the virus. Both vaccines completed animal toxicity studies after approval.

“Drug Controller General of India has permitted these two vaccines to go in for phase one and two clinical trials. Trials yet to begin,” informed health ministry.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he is certain that India will hold an important role in developing and scaling up production of novel coronavirus vaccine once it is discovered.

“Today also our companies are active in international efforts for development and production of Covid-19 vaccine,” Modi said.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 in India reached 7,67,296. In the last 24 hours, 24,879 new cases were added to the total tally. Out of the total number of cases, 2,69,789 are still active. The death toll has also increased to 21,129. A total of 487 deaths were reported in the past 24 hours.

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