In 5 Charts: How India Became the Third Country in the World to Record 3 Lakhs of Covid Deaths | India News
India reached the grim milestone after witnessing a sharp rise in deaths during its catastrophic second wave of the pandemic in the past two months.
However, these are only the official figures, as certain reports suggest that the unofficial toll could be up to 3 times higher.
Here’s how India went from its first Covid death in March 2020 to over 3 lakh …
According to data from worldometers.info at 8pm, India has recorded 3,00,312 Covid deaths, which is almost half the number of victims over 6 lakh in the US.
Brazil, which is the third most affected country in terms of cases, has a higher death toll than India at more than 4.48 lakh.
Besides these three, there are only five other countries in the world with a death toll in six figures: Mexico (2.21 lakh), United Kingdom (1.27 lakh), Italy (1.25 lakh), Russia (1 , 18 lakh) and France (1.08 lakh).
Low fatality rate
Despite being the second worst affected country in the world with over Rs 2.26 crore of infections, India’s death rate is among the lowest compared to other heavily affected countries.
Currently, the death rate in India is 1.12%. This translates to approximately 1 death for every 100 cases.
Italy, by comparison, has a death rate of almost 3%. Even the death rate in the United States is higher, almost 1.8%.
However, this is based on the official toll figure. The actual death rate could be different depending on how countries have reported their deaths.
Surge driven by the second wave
India’s rising death toll was driven in large part by its devastating second wave.
Even during the first wave, deaths in India remained much lower compared to this year.
In September last year, when cases peaked at nearly 97,000 a day, India had reported just over 33,000 deaths.
Compared to that, India recorded nearly 49,000 deaths in April and more than 87,000 in May this year.
Still with a week remaining and following current trends, May’s figures may well cross the 1 lakh mark.
This is in stark contrast to the situation just two months ago. In February, India had reported just 2,765 deaths for the entire month.
Overall, it took India just 27 days to add its last 1 lakh of deaths. This is far less than the 208 days it took the country to go from 1 lakh to 2 lakh of deaths.
Factors such as lack of oxygen, ICU beds, and black fungal infections have also contributed to the rise in Covid deaths during the second wave.
Maharashtra leads the death tally
Maharashtra is the worst affected state in India both in terms of cases and deaths.
With more than 87,000 victims, the state accounts for almost 29% of the nation’s deaths.
In fact, the death toll in Maharashtra is almost 3.5 times that of Karnataka, which has the second highest death toll.
Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, and Andhra Pradesh have reported more than 10,000 deaths.