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Covid-19: India’s Leading Cause of Death

  • 05 May 2021
  • 2 min read

Why in News

According to the most recent estimates by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), the Covid-19 pandemic has emerged the biggest cause of death in India.

  • IHME is an independent global health research centre at the University of Washington, US.

Key Points

  • Death due to Covid-19 Pandemic:
    • India has recorded more than 19 million cases of coronavirus-second only to the US and has confirmed more than 2,15,000 deaths.
    • The human toll of the pandemic is more than double the number of humans killed in over 320 natural disasters during the recent two decades (2000-2019).
  • Other Top Causes of Deaths in India:
  • Reasons for Covid-19 being the Leading Cause of Death:
    • The ‘double mutant’ B.1.617 Indian variant of SARS-CoV-2 has heightened risk.
    • Lives have been lost due to the lack of preparedness of governments, India’s poor health infrastructure, lack of medical oxygen and even medicines.
    • The Centre and state governments have been accused and held responsible by the Supreme Court and High Court for undermining the scale of crisis and failure to manage it.
    • Experts have also been unhappy with India’s Covid-19 vaccine procurement and pricing policy. States have to await their quota of vaccines.

Way Forward

  • The IHME advises governments to impose strict physical distancing norms for six weeks at least once deaths cross 8 per million.
  • The Supreme Court advised both Centre as well as states to resort to lockdowns if needed but to also ensure livelihoods weren’t impacted.

Source: DTE

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