Targeting to bring down mortality rate to less than 1%: Health Minister

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New Delhi: Union Minister for Health Harsh Vardhan speaks at Rajya Sabha during the ongoing Monsoon Session of Parliament, amid the coronavirus pandemic, in New Delhi, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. (RSTV/PTI Photo)

New Delhi: Union Minister for Health Harsh Vardhan speaks at Rajya Sabha during the ongoing Monsoon Session of Parliament, amid the coronavirus pandemic, in New Delhi, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. (RSTV/PTI Photo)

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday said India’s COVID-19 mortality rate at 1.64 percent is lowest in the world and the government is targeting to bring it down to less than 1 per cent.

Replying to a debate in the Rajya Sabha, he said India’s recovery rate of 78-79 percent is one of the highest in the world.

He said though total cases may have crossed 50 million, active cases are less than 20 per cent.

Deaths in India due to coronavirus pandemic are less than many nations in Europe, he said, adding the government was determined to cross the US in testing rate as well.

(PTI)