India logs 6.2% hike in death rate in 2020 amid COVID-19

A girl walks past a poster at a vaccination center in New Delhi on April 10, 2022. (MONEY Money SHARMA / AFP)

NEW DELHI / SINGAPORE / HANOI / KUALA LUMPUR – India's federal government in its newly released the Civil Registration System (CRS) report 2020 has stated that the country recorded an increase of 6.2 percent in the death rate in the COVID-19 pandemic year.

According to the report released on Tuesday in case of registered deaths, the number has increased from 7.64 million in 2019 to 8.12 million in 2020, which is an increase of 6.2 percent

According to the report released on Tuesday in case of registered deaths, the number has increased from 7.64 million in 2019 to 8.12 million in 2020, which is an increase of 6.2 percent.

Some states have contributed significantly in the increased number of deaths registered from 2019 to 2020, it said.

Out of the total registered deaths, the share of males and females is 60.2 percent and 39.8 percent respectively.

The CRS is a universal, continuous, compulsory, and permanent recording of birth, death, and stillbirth. These figures include deaths due to COVID-19 and other reasons. 


Malaysia reported 1,054 new COVID-19 infections, as of midnight Wednesday, bringing the national total to 4,452,835, according to the Health Ministry.

There is one new imported case, with 1,053 being local transmissions, data released on the ministry's website showed.

A further three deaths have been reported, bringing the death toll to 35,567.

The ministry reported 4,107 new recoveries, bringing the total number of cured and discharged to 4,388,491.

There are 28,777 active cases, 74 are being held in intensive care and 41 of those are in need of assisted breathing.

New Zealand

New Zealand recorded 8,609 new community cases of COVID-19, the ministry of health said on Thursday.

Among the new community infections, 2,796 were reported in the largest city Auckland, the ministry said in a statement.

In addition, 97 new cases of COVID-19 were detected at the New Zealand border.

Currently, there are 386 COVID-19 patients being treated in New Zealand hospitals, including 14 people in intensive care units or high dependency units. The ministry also reported 20 more deaths from COVID-19.

New Zealand has reported 966,447 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.


Singapore reported 1,638 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the total tally to 1,204,184.

Of the new cases, 143 cases were detected through PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests and 1,495 through ART (antigen rapid test) tests, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Health.

Among the PCR cases, 131 were local transmissions and 12 were imported cases. Among the ART cases with mild symptoms and assessed to be of low risk, there were 1,426 local transmissions and 69 imported cases.

A total of 253 cases are currently warded in hospitals, with six cases in intensive care units.

Two new deaths from COVID-19 were reported on Wednesday, bringing the total death toll to 1,340, the ministry said.

A health worker takes swab samples of a security officer for COVID-19 testing at the venue of Vietnam's Communist Party congress in Hanoi, Vietnam, Jan 29, 2021. (HAU DINH / AP)


Vietnam reported 3,088 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, up 379 from Tuesday, according to its ministry of health.

The new infections were all domestically-transmitted in 48 provinces and cities.

The Vietnamese capital Hanoi remained the epidemic hotspot with 705 new cases on Wednesday, followed by the northern provinces of Phu Tho with 268 and Vinh Phuc with 198.

The infections brought the total tally to 10,662,446 with 43,047 deaths. Nationwide, 9,309,336 COVID-19 patients, or more than 87 percent of the infections, have recovered.

Over 215 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the country, including roughly 196.1 million shots on people aged 18 and above, said the ministry.

Vietnam has gone through four coronavirus waves of increasing scale, complication, and infectivity. As of Wednesday, it has registered nearly 10.7 million locally transmitted COVID-19 cases since the start of the current wave in April 2021, said the health ministry.