India is "very far away from the peak" as far as the spread of Covid-19 infection is concerned and preventive measures taken to check the spread have been very effective, the government said today.
"We are very far away from the peak of Covid-19 spread and our preventive measures have been very effective, putting it in a much better position in comparison with other countries," a senior Health Ministry official told reporters in New Delhi.
Asked about some public health experts in India voicing concern over community transmission taking place in India, the official said that "instead of using the word 'community transmission', we need to understand the extent of Covid-19 spread."
As per health ministry's update this morning, the novel coronavirus death toll rose to 5,598 in India and the total number of those with the infection stood at 193, 108.
The Health Ministry official said there had been no under-reporting of Covid-19 deaths in the country. The states are doing causality assessment and attributing the cause of death accordingly, the Ministry official added.
He said one in every two Covid-19 deaths in India has been of senior citizens who constitute ten percent of the country's total population of 130 crore.
He said 73 percent of Covid-19 deaths in India were of people with comorbidities.
India's Covid-19 case fatality rate per lakh population is 0.41 as against 4.9pc globally, which is among the lowest in the world.
The official said 14 countries with a cumulative population almost equal to that of India have reported 55.2 times more Covid-19 deaths than India.
According to the official, 3,708 Covid-19 patients have been cured in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of recovered to 95,527 and pegging the recovery rate to 48.07 per cent.