Coronavirus death toll in India now the fourth-highest in the world

India has surpassed the UK to become the country with the fourth-highest number of deaths linked to COVID-19.

An Indian health worker disinfects an area in Gauhati, India, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. India has the third-highest caseload after the United States and Brazil, but only the fifth-highest death toll, and authorities say the fatality rate has dropped below

An Indian health worker disinfects an area in Gauhati, India Source: AP

India has overtaken Britain as the country with the fourth-highest number of deaths linked to COVID-19 in the world, according to data released by the Ministry of Health.

A total of 1007 deaths were reported on Thursday, taking the countrywide death toll to 48,040.

This places India behind the United States, Brazil and Mexico, according to the World Health Organisation.

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India, a country of 1.3 billion people, also reported 64,553 new infections on Thursday. This takes its total of people infected by the coronavirus to 2.46 million.

The Indian government maintains the situation is improving, with the current recovery rate at over 70 per cent and the death rate below 2 per cent, which is among the lowest globally.



The low testing rate in the country has reaped criticism from health experts.

On Thursday, India carried out 848,728 tests, which is below its target of 1 million tests per day.

Around 28 million tests have been carried out since January 26, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research.


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Published 14 August 2020 at 9:42pm
Source: AAP