As the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, there have been concerns about how India has maintained the lowest coronavirus-related deaths. Mortality rates across the country and in most congested cities are lower compared to global coronavirus hotspots. With all the world countries that have recorded over 30000 coronavirus positive cases have higher related death compared to India and now this is what have been raising the concern.
Almost two months since the first cases were registered in the second populist country in the world, there are now over 29,451 cases with 939 deaths.
And if you keep track of how many days it takes for a total death to double, you’ll find that it takes nine days in India, which is below the bar compared to most countries in Europe.
Experts consider the trend as good news and an example of the world. New York has the shortest time, two to three days, in which total death doubles.
With something that India boasts of, many experts around the world are now analyzing how the country has managed to keep coronavirus deaths to a minimum.
Many of them are so advanced that the grinding lock, which has been enforced across the country for more than a month, keeps infections and deaths low.
For others, India’s population, which is mostly young people, helps with low deaths as older people are more vulnerable and have little recovery from COVID-19 infection.
On the other hand, others are talking about the possibility of having a less virulent virus strain in this second populist country. The hot weather across the country is reducing contagion.
However, all of these claims have no proven evidence. To be honest, India itself or the world has no answer.
Siddhartha Mukherjee, the Indian-American, an oncologist doctor, considers the situation mystery because the nation does not do enough virus testing. The tests include both diagnostic tests that determine whether someone has previously been infected and restored.
His testimony makes sense because most of the countries concerned have not reported the deaths sufficiently. In most countries, confirmed deaths in most cases exclude those occurring at home and only report hospital-related deaths.
In India, 80% of the deaths occur at home, and in addition to this contagious viral infection, there were also malaria and pneumonia. In this case, counting only for hospital deaths may not be enough to get the exact number of COVID-19.
Even trying to determine the number of bodies in crematoriums and tombs would be just as difficult, given that many of India’s dead are openly cremated in the vast areas. Funerals are only a small percentage.
When asked to provide insight into why the country’s mortality rate is low, President of the Indian Public Health Foundation, K Srinath Reddy, said that there have been no reports of massive increases in-hospital deaths yet.
While it remains a mystery how India has maintained such a low coronavirus mortality rate among a billion people, lockdown, population with most young people and social disengagement are what delivers results.
Rachel Lott is a Reporter for Chroniclex After graduating from Cuyahoga Community College, Rachel got an internship at USA Evening and worked as a Reporter and Producer. Rachel has also worked as a Reporter for WKYC TV and Fox News Channel. Rachel Covers International Developments.