85 percent of cases, 87 percent of deaths in 8 states, says Dr. Harsh Vardhan at COVID-19 meeting

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Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan chaired a GoM on COVID-19 today

New Delhi:

The center has deployed 15 teams, made up of public health experts, epidemiologists and other specialists, to support states in the battle to contain a seemingly relentless wave of COVID-19 infections, the minister said. Union Health, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, at the 17th Group of Ministers. (GoM) was held on Saturday afternoon.

The Minister of Health was also informed that eight states – Maharashtra, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal – had contributed 85.5% of the number of active cases and 87% of all deaths related to COVID-19. in the countryside.

Maharashtra (1.53 lakh cases, 7,106 deaths), Delhi (77,240, 2,492) and Tamil Nadu (74,622, 957) are the three regions most affected, contributing to 63.7% of the burden active work.

Gujarat has reported more than 30,000 cases and UP over 20,000. Telangana has 12,349 cases, Andhra Pradesh 11,489 and Bengal 16,190.

India has recorded more than five confirmed cases of lakh since the start of the epidemic in China in December of last year. Of these, 1.98 lakh are active cases and 15,685 are deaths from the infectious virus.

The country has experienced a disturbing increase in new cases in the past two weeks – coinciding with “Unlock1”, the gradual restart of economic activity by the government, with 18,552 cases detected in the previous 24 hours, according to the data. reports published this morning.

This number has been increasing day by day since June 22, when 14,821 new cases were registered.

As new cases accumulate, the Minister of Health today noted that the national recovery rate (percentage of people who recovered) had exceeded 58% and that the mortality rate (percentage of deaths) was close to 3% (about 3.08 percent), “which is very less”.

Earlier this month, Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Lav Agarwal, said the death rate was 2.82%, “which is one of the lowest in the world“.

Examining readiness to handle existing and future waves of infection, Dr Vardhan said there were now 1,026 diagnostic laboratories dedicated to COVID-19 testing, of which 285 were in the private sector.

Large-scale tests to identify and isolate potential patients have been repeatedly recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a way to prevent the spread of the infectious virus.

The Minister of Health said that 2.2 lakh samples have been tested in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of tests to almost 80 lakh.

The availability of hospital beds was also discussed at today’s meeting, with large cities like Delhi and Mumbai having trouble finding enough beds at one point.

The Delhi government has since installed temporary COVID-19 facilities in city hotels and banquet halls, much to the disappointment of some owners. He has also set up a facility in a 12.5-square-foot spiritual center south of Delhi, where 10,000 beds are expected to be available by the end of July.

Mumbai was also dangerously close to the disaster this month; on June 11, the municipal administration declared that 99% of all the beds in the intensive care units were full.

Aware of the shortage of beds, the GoM was also informed that measures had been taken and, as of June 27, the health infrastructure linked to COVID-19 had been reinforced with hospitals dedicated to 1.76 lakh of isolation and nearly 23,000 intensive care beds.

Minister of Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri and Minister of Foreign Affairs S Jaishankar also attended today’s meeting, which was held online.

With the contribution of ANI

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