1,075 deaths from Covid, more than 8,300 have been cured: Government

NEW DELHI: The total number of Covid cases since April 6 in India has grown from around 5,000 to about 35,000, and deaths from around 130 to more than 1,000.

Thursday's health placed 78% of deaths from comorbidities like diabetes, heart disease and chronic kidney disease, compared to 86% in their April 6 report.

More patients were being cured of the infectious disease compared to two weeks ago, 25.2% on Thursday from 13.1%, the ministry said.

So far, 1,075 people have died from the disease, according to central government data, while 8,372 have been cured. The total case fatality rate is 3.2%, and 65% of deaths were of men and 35% of women. The health ministry has recorded 33,610 confirmed cases of Covid-19, of which 24,162 were active cases until 5pm on Thursday. Although a considerable part of the deaths occurred among people between 45 and 60 years of age, 14% of deaths were reported among those under 45 years of age. Those over 75 years of age represented 9.2% of all deaths. Although geriatric patients are at high risk, the percentage may reflect fewer patients in this age group.

While the government did not share the latest age profile analysis for positive cases, data released on April 6 showed that the rate was highest among younger people, with nearly 42% of reported cases between the ages of 21 and 40, while another 32.8% were people between 41 and 60 years of age.

However, the low case fatality rate among younger people was indicative that most of them were cured of the infection, while people over the age of 60 and with comorbidities were more vulnerable to infection, even when the number of cases was kept low among the elderly.