India’s Covid-19 death toll surpasses 100,000

New Delhi, Oct 3 (efe-epa).- India’s Covid-19 fatalities crept above 100,000 on Friday while the number of confirmed infections since the pandemic began rose to around 6.3 million.

The Asian nation lays the unenviable claim to having the third-highest number of coronavirus fatalities and the second-largest caseload.

Health authorities logged 1,069 deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the overall death toll to 100,842. The country is behind only Brazil, with 145,388 deaths, and the United States, with 208,731.

The health ministry said in a statement that the number of deaths per million people — India has a population of 1.3 billion — remained one of the lowest in the world.

“While the global average is 130 deaths /million population, India is reporting 73 deaths /million population,” the ministry said.

For context, Spain has logged 683 deaths per million people, the US has reported 621 and Peru 984.

One of the factors behind the relatively low mortality rate in India is down to its young population, with over 65s representing just 5 percent of the population, according to the last census in 2011.

The Indian government said that 84.1 percent of the deaths in the last 24 hours occurred in 10 of India’s 36 states and territories. Some 40 percent of the overall daily toll, that is 424, took place in Maharashtra, in western India.

India’s infection rate continues to gallop along at speed. The country has logged over 6.3 million cases with the addition of 79,476 in the last 24 hours.

Although second only to the US, which has reported 7.1 million cases, the Indian government pointed out its high recovery rate of 84 percent.

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