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Karnataka aims to bring COVID mortality rate below 1%

The COVID-19 mortality rate in Karnataka was decreasing and the aim was to bring it below one per cent, the State government informed the assembly on Tuesday, even as the opposition Congress accused it of suppressing figures.

As Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah noted during the debate on the COVID-19 situation that 272 people for every one lakh infected were dying in Karnataka, at seventh place in the country in the mortality rate, Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar intervened to say the death rate was declining.

He said the mortality rate in Bengaluru was 1.36 per cent, while it was about 1.54 per cent in the rest of Karnataka.

Congress’ Eshwar Khandre intervened and said the deaths were more in number and the government was showing less by suppressing data.

Rejecting Khandre’s statement, Mr. Sudhakar said the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) had complemented Karnataka for providing correct data. – PTI

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