India’s rising Covid-19 death toll on a worrying note

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Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that the recovered coronavirus cases in the country are 3.4 times more than the active cases and the recovery rate is more than 75 per cent. But for India, whose Covid-19 mortality rate at 1.58 per cent is one of the lowest in the world, the rising death cases in the country is a growing cause for concern.

Not only is India edging closer to surpassing Brazil and the United States as the country with the highest new cases each day, but it’s also approaching a more worrying milestone – becoming the country reporting the highest new deaths each day. In United States, the second wave of newly reported deaths appears to be moderating, and Brazil has had a plateau in reported mortality for the last three months. Only in India, the graph keeps climbing. Maharashtra remains the biggest contributor to newly reported deaths, still accounting for over one in three new deaths each day. But over the last month, Punjab has become a worrying new addition to the list of states contributing the most to daily mortality figures, even as Gujarat and Delhi’s contributions have shrunk. As of August 24, 2020, while Maharashtra reported a whopping 258 deaths, Tamil Nadu reported 97 and Punjab reported 50.

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