New Delhi, May 20 : Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry on Wednesday announced that the country has decelerated the pace of Covid-19 with only 7.9 cases per lakh population compared to the world figure of 62.3 cases per lakh. “The mortality per lakh population, while the global average rate is 4.2, India’s figure is pegged at 0.2. The relatively low death figures represent timely case identification and clinical management of the cases”, said Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health along with ICMR Chief epidemiologist RR Gangakhedkar.
The top Health Ministry officials, however, did not provide the latest figures of total cases till evening. India has registered 5611 new cases of corona in 24 hours, taking the total tally to 1,06,750 at 0800 hrs this morning. According to the Ministry, total 3,303 deaths have been registered and 42,298 patients have recovered till the morning while the active cases stand at 61,149.
Mr Agarwal said more than 39.6 per cent of the confirmed cases have recovered as of today and this is a reminder that the disease is curable and the clinical management protocols adopted by India are effective. “It is observed in the recovery data that about 2.9 per cent of all active cases under management require oxygen support; about 3 per cent of the active cases under management require ICU support and 0.45 per cent of the active cases under management require ventilator support.
India has concurrently been focusing on upgrading Covid dedicated health infrastructure”, he said. Dr Gangakhedkar said the country has conducted 25,36,156 tests as of 1230 hrs and 555 labs are active. Mr Agarwal further elaborated that considering 15 most Covid-19 impacted countries, with their total population almost same as India's, one will find that these countries have together reported 34 times cases and 83 times deaths as reported in India.