NEW DELHI: India’s Covid-19 fatality rate is “progressively falling” and is now below 2.5% for the first time, the health ministry said on Sunday, underlining that efficient clinical management of hospitalised patients and contact tracing had helped keep the death rate at one of the lowest in world.
Currently, India’s case fatality rate (CFR) is at 2.49%. There are 29 states and UTs — including Kerala, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Karnataka and UP — with a CFR lower than the national average. Of these, five — Manipur, Nagaland, Sikkim, Mizoram and Andaman and Nicobar Islands — have zero case fatality rate. While these are smaller territories, 14 others have a rate of less than 1%.

“With effective containment strategy, aggressive testing and standardised clinical management protocols based on holistic standard of care approach, the case fatality rate has dipped significantly. The case fatality rate is progressively falling,” the ministry said.
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On June 2, India had recorded a fatality rate of 2.82% with 1.98 lakh confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 5,598 deaths. Then on July 10, the fatality rate declined to 2.72% even as total infections jumped to over 7.93 lakh cases and death toll increased to 21,604.
According to the ministry’s data, India once again witnessed a record single-day jump of 38,902 Covid-19 cases on Saturday, pushing its tally to 10,77,618. The death toll rose to 26,816 with 543 new deaths reported in a day. However, recoveries too have increased alongside cases and deaths, helping bring down the death rate to 2.49% . Of the total 10.77 lakh cases, there are around 3.73 lakh active cases at present, whereas over 6.77 lakh people have recovered. Officials said many states have conducted population surveys to map and identify vulnerable groups like the elderly, pregnant women and those with co-morbidities.


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