COVID-19 Mortality Rate in India and Comparison with other Countries

COVID-19 Mortality Rate- India as of now has crossed more than 70,000 in coronavirus cases. Out of these cases, only a total of 22,455 people have recovered while more than 2000 people have died. When calculated, it has been found that currently, the mortality rate in the country is 3.2% due to coronavirus cases. 

The fast action about lockdown in India has been applauded and appreciated by different nations across the world. Maybe this is one of the basic reasons for the low mortality rate along with lower cases in the country in comparison to other nations. 

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Comparison of India with other nations 

As of now, Belgium is known to have the highest mortality rate of 16.3% followed by the other nations, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Netherlands, and Spain. 

Brazil, Iran, and the US are some of the countries that have a mortality rate lesser than 10% but higher than 5%. 

India falls under the category of the countries that have got a mortality rate of lesser than 5% due to coronavirus. The mortality rate of India is 3.2% while some other countries falling under this category are Germany, Turkey, Peru, Portugal, Pakistan, Japan, Austria, Colombia, Ukraine, Finland, South Korea, and many others. 

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Also, there have been some such countries where the mortality rate has been calculated to be even lesser than 1%. Some of these countries are Maldives, Costa Rica, Bahrain, Uzbekistan, Guinea, Qatar, Oman, Singapore, Ghana, Kuwait, and many others. 

How is the mortality rate calculated?

Normally, the mortality rate is calculated by a simple calculation of dividing the number of people who died by the number of cases. But The Johns Hopkins University has recently mentioned that the mortality rate also is based on a number of factors. This is the reason the mortality rate is varying from one country to another. Some of these factors are:

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  • The rate highly depends on the number of people who are getting tested. There are a number of times when people with mild symptoms are not tested and hence the exact number of cases affected by the infection is not tracked. In this case, the mortality rate automatically increases. 
  • It also depends on the demographics of a place. A place where the population of older age is higher, the mortality rate is high because older people affected by the virus have a lower chance of survival. 
  • The mortality rate also depends on the nature of the healthcare sector of a country. Countries with a proper healthcare service offer better facilities and treatments to the patients and hence more people get recovered. On the other hand, health services offering poor facilities will lead to poor treatment and hence a higher rate of mortality. 
  • Apart from these many factors, there can be also many other factors that can impact the mortality rate of a country. 
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Hence, though the current figure mentions the mortality rate of India to be 3.2%, it is based on the factors that impact the mortality rate of a place. The rate of new cases has suddenly erupted in the country since the last few days and this can again bring a change in the country’s mortality rate for sure. This can be known by the mortality rate of last month (April 2020) that was calculated to be 3% that has increased up to 3.2% this month (May’2020). 

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