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Coronavirus | At 2.15% India’s COVID-19 fatality rate lowest since 1st lockdown: Health Ministry

Employees at the cinemas wearing face shields, gloves and facemasks as part of preparations for a possible reopening amid concerns over the spread of the coronavirus, in New Delhi.

Employees at the cinemas wearing face shields, gloves and facemasks as part of preparations for a possible reopening amid concerns over the spread of the coronavirus, in New Delhi.   | Photo Credit: AFP

The country’s total number of recoveries from COVID-19 has surged close to 11 lakh, while the case fatality rate has declined from 3.33 % in mid-June to 2.15 %, the lowest since lockdown was clamped in March, the Union Health Ministry said on Saturday.

In the global platform, India continues to register and maintain the lowest COVID-19 mortality rate, it said and asserted that this is a testimony to the focused, coordinated, pre-emptive, graded and evolving “test, track, treat” strategy and efforts of the Centre, states and Union Territories.

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With 36,569 patients discharged in 24 hours, the total number of recoveries has jumped to 10,94,374 on Saturday and exceed active COVID-19 cases by 5,29,271. There are 5,65,103 active cases in the country at present, according to Health Ministry data updated at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

“The recovery rate stands at 64.53 %,” the Ministry said.

“Emphasis on early detection through aggressive testing and effective clinical management of the hospitalised cases have resulted in the continuously falling case fatality rate (CFR), indicating that India has been able to successfully contain the fatality rate of COVID-19,” it said.

While the CFR has been kept low, successful implementation of effective containment strategy, aggressive testing and standardised clinical management protocols based on a comprehensive standard of care approach have resulted in a consistent addition of more than 30,000 recoveries daily, the Health Ministry said.

It also said that three-tier hospital infrastructure with seamless patient management has ensured prompt triaging and treatment.

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As on Saturday, there are 1,488 dedicated COVID hospitals with 2,49,358 isolation beds, 31,639 ICU beds, 1,09,119 with oxygen support and 16,678 ventilators.

Also, 3,231 dedicated COVID Health Centres with 2,07,239 isolation beds, 18,613 ICU beds and 74,130 oxygen-supported beds and 6,668 ventilators have been made operational. Moreover, 10,755 COVID Care Centres with 10,02,681 beds are now available to combat COVID-19, the Ministry said.

The Centre has also provided 273.85 lakh N95 masks and 121.5 lakh personal protective equipments (PPEs) and 1083.77 lakh hydroxychloroquine tablets to the states, Union Territories and central institutions so far.

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India saw a record single-day increase of 57,118 infections, pushing India’s COVID-19 tally 16,95,988 on Saturday, while the death toll climbed to 36,511 with 764 people succumbing to the disease in the same period.

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