NEW DELHI, May 19 - India has so far about 0.2 COVID-19 deaths per lakh population as against the global figure of 4.1, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday, even as the number of fatalities due to coronavirus infection in the country rose to 3,163 and the total cases climbed to 1,01,113.
Also, a record number of 1,08,233 samples were tested for COVID-19 on Monday in the country. So far, a total of 24,25,742 samples have been tested, the ministry said. An increase of 134 deaths and 4,970 cases of coronavirus infections was recorded in a 24-hour span since Monday 8 am, according to the Health Ministry.
It took 64 days for COVID-19 cases in India to touch the one lakh-mark from 100.
It was more than double the time taken in the US and Spain which have been hit hard by the pandemic.
According to the data sourced from the Health Ministry and Worldometers, in the US, coronavirus infection cases increased from 100 to 1,00,000 in 25 days, while it took 30 days for the cases to reach the 1 lakh-mark in Spain.
It took 35 days in Germany, 36 days in Italy, 39 days in France and 42 days in the UK for the coronavirus infection cases to rise from 100 to 1 lakh respectively.
Referring to data from WHO situation report-119, the Health Ministry said 3,11,847 COVID-19 mortalities have been reported worldwide which is about 4.1 deaths per lakh population.
Among the countries with high COVID-19 casualties, the US with 87,180 fatalities has 26.6 deaths per lakh population. The UK has reported 34,636 deaths and has approximately 52.1 deaths per lakh population, it said.
Italy with 31,908 instances of coronavirus fatalities so far has around 52.8 deaths per lakh population. France has so far reported 28,059 casualties which is about 41.9 deaths per lakh population while Spain with 27, 650 fatalities has about 59.2 deaths per lakh. � PTI