State government had declared only 1,876 Covid fatalities last year
The growth in the elderly population became faster mainly due to decrease in the death rate because of various health interventions after the census 1981.
Myanmar, Malaysia and Indonesia have now all surpassed India's peak per capita death rate as a new coronavirus wave, fueled by the virulent delta variant, tightens its grip on the region.
11,059 more people test positive for the virus in last 24 hours
Kerala has always claimed the low death rate as one of the highlights of its fight against Covid-19 in the first wave.