Coronavirus | Targeting to bring down mortality rate to less than 1%: Health Minister

 thehindu.com  09/17/2020 07:54:15 

File photo of Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan.  

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday said Indias COVID-19 mortality rate at 1.64% is lowest in the world and the government is targeting to bring it down to less than 1%.

Replying to a debate in the Rajya Sabha, he said Indias recovery rate of 78-79% is one of the highest in the world.

He said though total cases may have crossed 50 million, active cases are less than 20%.

Deaths in India due to coronavirus pandemic are less than many nations in Europe, he said, adding the government was determined to cross the US in testing rate as well.

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