As has been the trend, people above 45 years of age — comprising 25% of India’s population — are most at risk from coronavirus infection, accounting for 85% of Covid-19 deaths so far. Within this age group, most deaths (71%) are among those in 45-74 age group, health ministry data showed. But the data also showed that people between 30-44 years and 45-59 years — comprising 37% of the population — registered 43% of Covid deaths.
The percentage of deaths with respect to age groups has not changed significantly since May 21, when these statistics were last shared by the ministry. However, in terms of absolute numbers, the deaths have increased with rise in overall fatality.
According to the ministry’s daily update, out of the over 7.67 lakh cases, around 4.76 lakh have recovered while over 2.69 lakh remain active in the country. With more Covid-19 patients recovering, the gap between the number of recovered and active cases has increased by 2 lakh. Deaths were at 21,129.
“Gap between active cases and recovered cases is progressively increasing. This is significant because it helps us ensure that our healthcare system is not unduly burdened,” official on special duty in the health ministry Rajesh Bhushan said.
With a focus on effective clinical management, the current recovery rate has improved to 62.09%, up from 47.40% on May 31 and 26.59% on May 3, the data showed. Bhushan emphasised that while analysing the Covid-19 scenario, the population of the country must be taken into account. He said India’s deaths and cases per million were among the lowest in the world.
“Cases per million population in some countries are at least 16-17 times more than what it is in India. We have 15 deaths per million population whereas there are countries where it is 40 times as much.”