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Last Updated : Sep 17, 2020 01:27 PM IST | Source: PTI

Aiming to bring down mortality rate to less than 1%: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

Replying to a debate in the Rajya Sabha, he said India''s recovery rate of 78-79 percent is one of the highest in the world.


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

Replying to a debate in the Rajya Sabha, he said India''s recovery rate of 78-79 percent is one of the highest in the world.


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

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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.
First Published on Sep 17, 2020 01:09 pm