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Covid pandemic leads to dropping of Life expectancy in India by 2 years

The life expectancy at birth for men has declined from 69.5 years to 67.5 years in 2020. Meanwhile, for women, it has declined from 72 years in 2019 to 69.8 in 2020.

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Mumbai’s International Institute for Population Studies conducted a statistical analysis that shows that life expectancy in India has dropped by roughly two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to IIPS assistant professor Surayakant Yadav, the life expectancy at birth for men has declined from 69.5 years to 67.5 years in 2020. Meanwhile, for women, it has declined from 72 years in 2019 to 69.8 in 2020.

‘Life expectancy at birth is defined as the average number of years that a newborn is expected to live if the mortality pattern during their birth remains constant in the future.

The analysis study was conducted to analyse the effect of the Covid pandemic on the mortality patterns across the country. This was as thousands of lives were lost due to the deadly pandemic waves.

Meanwhile, the study also found out that the Covid toll was reported to be the highest for men in the age group of 35-69. The excess deaths in this age group which was due to Covid led to a sharp drop in life expectancy.

The IIPS based its study on the data collected by the 145-nation Global Burden of Disease study and the Covid-India Application Programme Interface (API) portal.

Suryakant Yadav also added, “The Covid impact has wiped out the progress we made in the last decade to increase the life expectancy figure. India’s life expectancy at birth now is the same as it was in 2010. It will take us years to catch up.”

Meanwhile, According to Union Health Ministry data on Friday, there were 15,786 new COVID-19 cases. This marks 28 straight days of a daily rise of less than 30,000. The death toll climbed to 4,53,042 with 231 deaths.

Jameel who one of India’s best-known virologists also pointed out that the mortality rate in the country remains steady at about 1.2 per cent.

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