Over 32,000 Indian Army personnel were affected by covid: defence ministry

  • The Indian Air Force's number of cases of infection was 6,554 and of these 0.39% cases were fatal, while the Indian Navy reported 3,604 cases of infections and fatality rate was 0.05%

Elizabeth Roche
First Published8 Mar 2021
At first, scientists believed that the deadly virus jumped from animals to humans at a market selling exotic animals for meat in Wuhan, where it was first detected late last year.
At first, scientists believed that the deadly virus jumped from animals to humans at a market selling exotic animals for meat in Wuhan, where it was first detected late last year.

NEW DELHI: More than 32,000 personnel of the Indian Army were affected by covid-19, the defence ministry said in response to a question in Parliament on Monday. Of these 0.24% cases were fatal.

In the case of the Indian Air Force, the number of cases of infection was 6,554 and of these 0.39% cases were fatal.

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The Indian Navy reported 3,604 cases of infections of covid-19 and fatality rate was 0.05%.

As per rules, “no special compensation for deaths occurring due to infectious disease is provided to armed force personnel, while they are in service.” Minister of State for Defence, Shripad Naik said in his written reply to the question posed to the ministry. “However, all such cases of death while in service are provided terminal benefits,” Naik said.

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, there have been more than 11 million cases of infection so far and 157, 853 deaths from covid-19. India started its vaccination campaign on 16 January and so far more than 20 million people have been inoculated.

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