63% of COVID-19 Deaths in India among 60-Plus

by Aditi

OF THE total 117 COVID-19 deaths in India so far, 63% were of people above 60 years. Further, 86% of those who died had some additional diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension. While most who died people are senior citizens, those above 60 years of age made up just 19% of the total 4,421 COVID-19 positive cases reported in the nation.

A research analysis of COVID-19 death cases conducted by the health ministry also shows that 30% of the dead were in the year’s age group of  40-60 years, and just 7% were under the age of 40 years. This shows a strong correlation between age and mortality risk. India’s COVID-19 mortality is similar to international deaths where maximum deaths have been recorded in the age group of 60-80 years. Among the COVID-19 positive cases reported in the country so far, 76% are males; and among the dead, a bulk of 73% are males.

The Ministry of Health Department gave a statement on Monday, “As of now, 86% of death cases have exhibited comorbidity related to diabetes, chronic kidney issues, hypertension, and heart-related problems. Although 19% of confirmed cases have been reported among the elderly, since 63% of deaths have been observed among them, elderly people form a high-risk population. Further, though 37% of deaths are reported from people below 60 years, approximately, 86% of deaths amongst people with co-morbidities indicate that young people with comorbidities are also at high risk of COVID-19.” Till now 1,445 cases (or 35.5 percent of total positive cases) have been linked to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in  Nizamuddin, Delhi previous month. In addition, 25,500 people linked with the organization are in quarantine.


Union Home Ministry Ajay Bhalla suggested Chief Secretaries of all the States to provide Special attention to avail the supply of medical oxygen smooth and easily available. This suggestion is also included in the list of essential medicines of the National as well as in the  WHO.

Director of Epidemiology, ICMR, RR Gangakhedkar said that ICMR was capapble  for conduction coronavirus 25,000 tests in a day if we start working double shift. He also said that, 5 lakh testing kits have been ordered.

For the time being, China donated 1.70 lakh  PPE (Personal protective equipment) coveralls on Monday as reports are continue to fall in from  different places for shortage of PPE. Total of 1.90 lakh  coveralls will now  be distributed to different care units and hospitals along with domestic supplies. Right now, we have 3,87,473 PPE in our country. According to the government estimates, India may be in need of 15 million PPEs by June.

Around 2 lakh N95 masks are also being sent to various hospitals which are domestically produced. over 20 lakh N95 masks have been supplied by the Government of India. About 16 lakh N95 masks are presently available, and a a fresh supply of 2 lakh masks has been made. India will need 27 million N95 masks by June, according to estimates.

The Ministry of Health gave a statement and said, ““Major portions of the fresh supplies are being sent to States with comparatively higher number of cases such as Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Delhi, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Rajasthan. Supplies are also being sent to central institutions like AIIMS, Safdarjung and RML hospitals, RIMS, NEIGRIHMS, BHU and AMU.”

An order for 80 lakh PPE kits (including N95 masks) has been placed with a Singapore-based platform; supplies are slated to start on April 11 with 2 lakh kits, followed by 8 lakh per week. Negotiations are in final stages with a Chinese platform for placing an order of 60 lakh full PPE kits (including masks). Separate orders for N95 masks and protective goggles are also being placed with some foreign companies.

Northern Railways has also developed a PPE coverall. This is in addition to the PPE coveralls and N95 masks developed by DRDO earlier. Efforts are on to start mass production of these products. Existing N95 mask producers have increased their capacity to about 80,000 masks per day.

Orders are placed for 112.76 lakhs stand-alone N95 masks and 157.32 lakhs PPE coveralls. Out of those, eighty hundred thousand PPE kits can embody N95 masks. the target is to attain an offer of concerning ten hundred thousand PPE kits per week. “Looking at the number of patients within the country, spare quantities area unit out there for the instant. additional provides area unit expected inside in the week,” the statement aforementioned.

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