Photos: India’s Covid-19 death toll crosses 50,000 mark

India became the fourth country in the world to have 50,000 deaths linked to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) on August 15, joining United States, Brazil and Mexico in sharing this grim milestone. Of the four countries to reach 50,000 fatalities, India has done so the slowest, taking 156 days since the first fatality was recorded on March 12. India’s CFR — the proportion of deaths to the total recorded infections — at 1.9% is also lower than the global average of 3.5% indicating that the country has controlled deaths better than other nations with similar or higher caseload.

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A municipal worker appeals to citizens to not crowd and maintain social distancing at a market in Thane on August 15. The number of deaths from the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in India exceeded 50,000 on August 15, making it the fourth country — after the United States, Brazil and Mexico — to cross this bleak milestone as infections mount globally. (Praful Gangurde / HT Photo)

A municipal worker appeals to citizens to not crowd and maintain social distancing at a market in Thane on August 15. The number of deaths from the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in India exceeded 50,000 on August 15, making it the fourth country — after the United States, Brazil and Mexico — to cross this bleak milestone as infections mount globally. (Praful Gangurde / HT Photo)

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Health care workers screen a fishmonger for temperature and blood oxygen saturation during door to door screening at Dharavi in Mumbai on August 14. India is ranked third in the number of infections — only the US and Brazil have recorded more cases than India and have substantially higher death tolls from the viral illness. (Pratik Chorge / HT Photo)

Health care workers screen a fishmonger for temperature and blood oxygen saturation during door to door screening at Dharavi in Mumbai on August 14. India is ranked third in the number of infections — only the US and Brazil have recorded more cases than India and have substantially higher death tolls from the viral illness. (Pratik Chorge / HT Photo)

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Health workers collect samples for COVID-19 testing, at Karipur International airport in Kozhikode on August 16. India’s case fatality rate (CFR) — the proportion of deaths to the total recorded infections — at 1.9% is however, lower than the global average of 3.5%, indicating that the country has controlled deaths better than other nations with similar or higher caseload. (PTI)

Health workers collect samples for COVID-19 testing, at Karipur International airport in Kozhikode on August 16. India’s case fatality rate (CFR) — the proportion of deaths to the total recorded infections — at 1.9% is however, lower than the global average of 3.5%, indicating that the country has controlled deaths better than other nations with similar or higher caseload. (PTI)

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A woman exits a kiosk after giving a swab sample for coronavirus testing in Noida on August 14. As of August 15, India recorded a cumulative 2,587,872 cases and 50,079 deaths, according to HT’s tally. The US has seen 171,999 deaths from over 5.4 million cases, (CFR of 3.1%) and Brazil 106,608 fatalities from over 3.2 million infections (CFR of 3.2%) until now. (Sunil Ghosh / HT Photo)

A woman exits a kiosk after giving a swab sample for coronavirus testing in Noida on August 14. As of August 15, India recorded a cumulative 2,587,872 cases and 50,079 deaths, according to HT’s tally. The US has seen 171,999 deaths from over 5.4 million cases, (CFR of 3.1%) and Brazil 106,608 fatalities from over 3.2 million infections (CFR of 3.2%) until now. (Sunil Ghosh / HT Photo)

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People gathered near India Gate on August 15. Mexico appears to be among the hardest-hit in the number of deaths, with an exceptionally high CFR, of 11%. India also took longer than the three countries in recording its 50,000 fatalities –156 days after reporting its first Covid-19 fatality on March 12. In comparison, the US took 23 days to breach this mark, Brazil 95 days and Mexico 141 days, according to data by Covid-19 tracking website Worldometers. (Amal KS / HT Photo)

People gathered near India Gate on August 15. Mexico appears to be among the hardest-hit in the number of deaths, with an exceptionally high CFR, of 11%. India also took longer than the three countries in recording its 50,000 fatalities –156 days after reporting its first Covid-19 fatality on March 12. In comparison, the US took 23 days to breach this mark, Brazil 95 days and Mexico 141 days, according to data by Covid-19 tracking website Worldometers. (Amal KS / HT Photo)

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A man prays on the occasion of Navroz, at Dadar in Mumbai on August 16. Although India’s death rate has been lower than other nations, public health experts have cautioned that the toll has been on a steady rise with the increase in daily new infections across states. (Mitesh Bhuvad / PTI)

A man prays on the occasion of Navroz, at Dadar in Mumbai on August 16. Although India’s death rate has been lower than other nations, public health experts have cautioned that the toll has been on a steady rise with the increase in daily new infections across states. (Mitesh Bhuvad / PTI)

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A Nagercoil Corporation worker wearing a PPE kit conducts yoga session at a COVID-19 care centre, in Kanyakumari district on August 14. In the seven days to August 14, India added an average of 934 deaths daily — about 34% hike from the average 615 fatalities added in the week ending July 19, HT reported. (PTI)

A Nagercoil Corporation worker wearing a PPE kit conducts yoga session at a COVID-19 care centre, in Kanyakumari district on August 14. In the seven days to August 14, India added an average of 934 deaths daily — about 34% hike from the average 615 fatalities added in the week ending July 19, HT reported. (PTI)

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A health worker holds a container of collected swab sample in a test tube for RT-PCR coronavirus tests in Gurugram on August 14. Over 70% of those infected by the disease have recovered so far. Meanwhile, the total tests for the disease conducted in the previous 24 hours stood at a record 868,679 on August 15 according to Union Health Ministry data. (Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)

A health worker holds a container of collected swab sample in a test tube for RT-PCR coronavirus tests in Gurugram on August 14. Over 70% of those infected by the disease have recovered so far. Meanwhile, the total tests for the disease conducted in the previous 24 hours stood at a record 868,679 on August 15 according to Union Health Ministry data. (Parveen Kumar / HT Photo)

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Indian tri-colours pasted on the glass door of the CWG Village COVID care centre in New Delhi on August 15. Scientists believe that until a vaccine is developed, retaining a low death rate while focusing on boosting health care infrastructure and widespread testing remain crucial to controlling Covid-19’s impact in the country. (Kamal Kishore / PTI)

Indian tri-colours pasted on the glass door of the CWG Village COVID care centre in New Delhi on August 15. Scientists believe that until a vaccine is developed, retaining a low death rate while focusing on boosting health care infrastructure and widespread testing remain crucial to controlling Covid-19’s impact in the country. (Kamal Kishore / PTI)

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