Over 5.23 lakh people have lost their lives because of the coronavirus that was first reported in the country in 2020, according to Union health ministry data provided on Tuesday morning. 1.48 lakh people died because of the pandemic in 2020 alone. This is substantially lower than in 2021 when 3.32 lakh people died due to the disease.
According to data prepared by the Registrar General of India (RGI), as many as 81.2 lakh people died in India in 2020, an increase of 6.2 per cent from 2019 when the country had registered 76.4 lakh deaths
In the case of registered deaths, the number of registered events has gone up from 76.4 lakhs in 2019 to 81.2 lakhs in 2020, an increase of 6.2 per cent, the RGI’s report ‘Vital Statistics of India based on the Civil Registration System’ for 2020 said.
Some states and union territories (UTs) namely Maharashtra, Bihar, Gujarat, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Assam, and Haryana have contributed significantly to the increased number of deaths registered in 2019 to 2020.
Officials said many of the deaths had occurred in these states due to COVID-19.
Registered Birth Rate Decreased
Registered births, the data said, decreased from 2.48 crore in 2019 to 2.42 crore in 2020, a drop of about 2.4 per cent.
In the case of registered births, there has been a fall in 2020 in almost all states and UTs except Bihar, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh compared to 2019.
Eleven states and UTs namely Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Delhi, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Kerala and West Bengal have contributed significantly to the decrease in registered births in 2020 over 2019.