Covid-19 deaths in India could top 18,000 soon: Report

Sun Online Desk

27th May, 2020 03:43:45 printer

Covid-19 deaths in India could top 18,000 soon: Report


Covid-19 cases are expected to peak in early July in India, where deaths from the pandemic could top 18,000, an Epidemiologist and a public health expert said.

The country is still in the ascending limb of the epidemic, said Prof D Prabhakaran, Director, Centre for Control of Chronic Conditions (CCCC).

Prabhakaran, also Professor at the Department of Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the UK, said there can be no single number when asked about his assessment on eventual Covid-19 deaths in India, PTI reported.

This is based on a study of various published models and observing how the epidemic has risen and fallen in other countries, he told PTI on Wednesday.

Given that we are expecting around four to six lakh cases and with an average of three per cent mortality, it (Covid-19 deaths in India) would be around 12,000-18,000, added the Adjunct Professor, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University in the US.