Covid-19 deaths in India have surpassed Italy’s death toll now, pushing India to the 5th spot with the most deaths due to the pandemic. According to the data available from the Health Ministry, 35,747 people had succumbed to the deadly virus as of the morning of Friday, 31 July.
About half of these deaths, or around 18,000, occurred in July itself. If we break down this number further, Covid-19 killed 600 people a day, or 25 people every hour, on an average.
The major problem with the pandemic in India is that even after five months of tackling the disease, we have not been able to flatten either curve, whether it be for daily cases or daily deaths.
Covid-19 deaths in India are doubling every 32 days. If it continues at this speed, the country’s death toll may surpass even the UK’s number of around 46,000, within two weeks by mid-August. The seven-day rolling average of Covid-19 cases shows that India’s daily deaths are above 735.
Compared to the worst affected nations in the world, India is imitating the US. While the number of deaths in Brazil and Mexico are higher than those in India, the curve has begun to plateau in both the countries, and daily deaths are not rising significantly. However, India seems to be following the US where daily deaths are rising every day.