Highlights:

  • India has achieved the milestone of more than 1 million recoveries which has taken the Recovery Rate to 64.54%
  • The GoM was also apprised of the ramping up of the domestic production capacities of various sectors for manufacturing PPEs, masks, ventilators
  • Jan Chetana through targeted IEC campaigns and Jan Bhagidari (community involvement) were suggested as the way forward

New Delhi: Today, the Union Health Minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan joined the 19th high-level meeting with Group of Ministers (GoM) on COVID-19 by a video-conference. “India has achieved the milestone of more than 1 million recoveries which has taken the Recovery Rate to 64.54%. This shows that the active cases under medical supervision are only 33.27% or approximately 1/3rd of total positive cases. India’s Case Fatality Rate is also progressively reducing and currently stands at 2.18%, one of the lowest globally,” said Dr Harsh Vardhan.

During the meeting, Dr. Harsh Vardhan highlighted the efforts are being made to reduce mortality in high caseload districts/cities and cities showing a recent increase like Pune, Thane, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, etc. The actions to be taken include restoring the approach for effective management of containment zones through stricter perimeter control; widespread Rapid Antigen Tests; intensive & rapid door-to-door search; more isolation facilities for suspects/cases; standard case management protocols along with an increase in oxygen supported beds & ventilators and assessing true burden through planned serosurveys. Jan Chetana through targeted IEC campaigns and Jan Bhagidari (community involvement) were suggested as the way forward.

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, 268.25 lakh N95 masks, 120.40 lakh PPEs, and 1083.77 lakh HCQ tablets have been distributed to States/UTs and Central Institutions.

The meeting was held in the presence of Sh. Mansukh Lal Mandaviya, Minister of State, Shipping (Independent Charge), Chemicals and Fertilizers, Sh. Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State, Health & Family Welfare, and Sh. Nityanand Rai, Minister of State, Home Affairs

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