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India's COVID-19 fatality rate 1.52 pc, lowest since March 22: Health ministry


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NEW DELHI: India has one of the lowest 81 COVID-19 deaths per million population in the world with less than 1,000 fatalities registered daily since October 4, while the fatality rate of 1.52 percent on Friday was the lowest since March 22, the Union Health Ministry said.

These results have been boosted by 22 states and Union Territories which have demonstrated better performance and are reporting even lower deaths per million population compared to the national average, it said.

"The COVID-19 case fatality rate has been on the slide continuously. At the current figure of 1.52 percent, it is the lowest since March 22," it highlighted.

Thirteen states and Union Territories, including Puducherry (403), Maharashtra (335), Goa (331), Delhi (317),  Karnataka (152), Tamil Nadu (135), and Punjab (131), had deaths per million population more than the national average.

As part of COVID-19 management and response policy, the Centre's sharp focus has been not only on containing the spread of the disease but also to reduce deaths and save lives by providing quality clinical care to the critical and severe patients, the ministry said.

Collaborative efforts of the Centre, states, and Union Territories have resulted in the strengthening of health facilities across the country.

A total of 2,212 dedicated Covid hospitals have been providing quality medical care.

The Centre has also issued a standard of care guidelines thus ensuring the standardized quality of medical care for all coronavirus patients in government and private settings.

A unique initiative to build the capacities of the ICU doctors in the clinical management of critical patients towards reducing the fatality, e-ICU has been started by AIIMS, New Delhi.

India on Friday too maintained the trend of registering more recoveries than the new cases, with 70,338 people having recuperated in 24 hours as against 63,371 fresh instances of the infection being reported.

The total number of recoveries has surged to 64,53,779 and exceed active cases of COVID-19 by 56,49,251.

"Recovered cases are eight times more than active cases which are sliding continuously. Presently, active cases comprise merely 10.92 percent of the total cases," the ministry highlighted.

The national recovery rate has improved to 87.56 per cent.

The ministry said 78 per cent of the new recovered cases are observed to be concentrated in 10 states and Union territories.

Maharashtra alone has contributed the maximum with more than 13,000 single-day recoveries.

Also, 79 per cent of the new infections are from 10 states and Union territories.

Maharashtra continues to report more than 10,000 cases daily followed by Karnataka with more than 8,000 cases.

Of the 895 fatalities reported in 24 hours, nearly 82 per cent are concentrated in 10 states and UTs of Maharashtra, Karnataka, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Odisha and Delhi, the ministry said.

Maharashtra has reported 337 deaths which comprise more than 37 per cent of the new fatalities.

(THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS)