COVID-19: Health Ministry Says India Managed The Pandemic Well

Briefing the country on the COVID-19 situation, Rajesh Bhushan, OSD, Ministry of Health said that India’s cases per million population are among the lowest.

Jessica David

July 10, 2020

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On Thursday (July 9), The Union Health Ministry said that despite a population of 1.3 billion, India has been able to manage COVID-19 relatively well and the cases per million of the population in the country remain among the lowest in the world. Addressing a press conference, Rajesh Bhushan, Officer on Special Duty (OSD), Ministry of Health, said, “We are the second-most populous country of the world. Despite a population of 1.3 billion, India has been able to manage COVID-19 relatively well. If you look at cases per million population, it still remains amongst the lowest in the world.”

He said that we have 15 deaths per million population whereas there are countries where it is 40 times as much. Bhushan said. “Today we have 538 cases per million population. It is as per the World Health Organization (WHO) situation report. Cases per million population are at least 16-17 times more than what it is in India. When we talk of the caseload of COVID-19 in India, it is 2,69,000 people. This tells us that at the end of the day we have managed a situation where our health care infrastructure is not unduly burdened and is not creaking due to the pressure.”

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