Delhi tops list of States in combating Covid deaths

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Delhi tops list of States in combating Covid deaths

Saturday, 01 August 2020 | PNS | New Delhi

With 89.08 per cent Covid-19 recovery rate, Delhi has topped the list of States in combating the deaths due to the deadly virus followed by Haryana (79.82 recovery rate.) Karnataka has the lowest recovery rate of 39.36 per cent. Overall recovery rate for India is 64.54 per cent, the GoM, which held its 18th meeting under the chairpersonship of Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan was informed recently.

However, eight States, including Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Karnataka and Telangana, continue to be the cause of concern for the Government, accounting for around 90 per cent of the active cases in the country amid surge in virus caseload which crossed 16 lakh on Friday.

Also, six States —Maharashtra, Delhi, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal – account for 86 per cent of the deaths caused by Covid-19 and 32 districts account for 80 per cent of such fatalities, It was informed that there was a special focus on the regions showing a higher COVID-19 fatality rate, the ministry said.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan said, “India has achieved the milestone of more than 1 million recoveries which has taken the Recovery Rate to 64.54 per cent. This shows that the active cases under medical supervision are only 33.27 per cent or approximately 1/3rd of total positive cases. India’s Case Fatality Rate is also progressively reducing and currently stands at 2.18 per cent, one of the lowest globally.”

The GoM was also briefed on the current COVID-19 status in India.

“A global comparison between the most-affected countries clearly depicted that India has one of the lowest numbers of cases per million (538) and deaths per million (15), compared to the global average of 1,453 and 68.7 respectively,” the ministry said in a statement.

As regards the COVID-19 healthcare infrastructure in India, the GoM was informed that as on Thursday, there were 3,914 facilities across the country with 3,77,737 isolation beds (without ICU support), 39,820 ICU beds and 1,42,415 oxygen supported beds, along with 20,047 ventilators.

Over 21.3 crore N95 masks, 1.2 crore personal protective equipment (PPE) kits and 6.12 crore hydroychloroquine tablets have so far been distributed, the GoM was told.

While speaking on the severity of cases found in India, the Minister said, “Out of the total Active Cases, only 0.28% patients are on Ventilators, 1.61% Patients needed ICU support and 2.32% are on Oxygen support”.

The GoM was also apprised of the ramping up of the domestic production capacities of various sectors for manufacturing PPEs, masks, ventilators and drugs such as HCQ. In terms of healthcare logistics, cumulatively 268.25 lakh N95 masks, 120.40 lakh PPEs and 1083.77 lakh HCQ tablets have been distributed to States/UTs and Central Institutions.

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