General coronavirus situation stabilizes in India: Union Ministry of Health
During a health ministry press briefing, his deputy secretary Lav Agarwal said a drop in active cases had been observed over the past 12 days. On May 3, active cases accounted for 17.13% of the total number of cases, which fell to 15.1% and recovered cases stood at 83.8%.
He said the overall positivity rate has been below 20% for the past five days and there is a trend of leveling off and decreasing cases.
“It is obvious that we can see some stabilization of the second wave of the pandemic. Some states have shown a clear trend, in some states there is concern and in others there is an increasing trend. mixed image.
“But overall the situation is stabilizing and we hope and will work to ensure further stabilization and a rapid decline in this pandemic,” said Paul.
The deadly second wave of coronavirus has wreaked havoc in several parts of the country, with a few days counting more than 4 lakh of coronavirus cases per day and more than 4,000 deaths.
Paul said that in the second wave India had almost 40 active lakh cases and the figure has now come down to around 36-37 active lakh cases. He said there have been recoveries and the case fatality rate has been stable, which is a “great achievement”.
“Much more can and must be done. The rate of stabilization and early decline is higher than in the first wave, ”said Paul.
He pointed out that by mid-February India was performing between 5 and 6 lakh tests.
But when the numbers started to rise and required more testing, it did not go down or level off as the country had infrastructure and supplies and testing was increased to 18 lakh tests per day. .
“It shows that testing has increased in response (to the increase in cases). On one of the days the tests were increased up to 19 lakh tests. A mixture of RTPCR and rapid antigen did not decline, ”he said.
He said no other country performed 19 lakh tests per day, which he said was a world record.
Agarwal said 10 states accounted for 85% of the country’s total coronavirus cases. He said 11 states have more than one lakh of active COVID-19 cases, 17 have less than 50,000 cases while eight have active cases between 50,000 and one lakh.
Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Haryana, Bihar, Gujarat, Telangana, Goa and Chhattisgarh, which are registering high numbers of new coronavirus cases, are also reporting a drop in the number of active cases, Agarwal said.
However, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha, Punjab, Assam, Himachal Pradesh and Pondicherry are witnessing a continuously increasing trend of new cases daily, a- he declared.
Twenty-four states have a COVID-19 positivity rate of over 15% while Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Daman and Diu, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh have reported a significant drop in the positivity of cases, Agarwal said.
India recorded 3.26,098 cases of COVID-19 in one day which brought the total to 2.43.72,907, while 3,890 new deaths brought the death toll to 2.66,207, according to ministry data. Union Health updates Saturday.
Active cases are reduced to 36.73802 and represent 15.07% of total infections, while the national cure rate from COVID-19 has risen to 83.83%, he said.
Agarwal said a total of 18.04 crore of vaccine doses had so far been administered in the country. This includes 13.74 million people over the age of 45, 1.62 million healthcare workers, 2.25 million frontline workers and 42.59 lakh of people aged 18 to 44 who have received their first dose.
Agarwal also said government containment efforts were working and India’s overall COVID-19 positivity rate, which stood at 21.9% last week, has now fallen to 19.8%.
He also spoke about “e-Sanjeevani OPD”, a telemedicine platform that facilitates free online medical consultation for all Indian citizens, as well as online prescription of drugs.
He said this “Stay Home” OPD is operational in 28 states and has so far provided more than 30,000 consultations by more than 17,000 physicians.
AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria also warned against the spread of mucormycosis and recommended that with the increase in COVID-19 cases, it is of paramount importance that practice protocols for infection control are monitored in hospitals.
“We have seen that secondary infections like fungi and bacteria cause more mortality,” Guleria said.
Black fungal infection, also known as mucormycosis, is caused by a fungus called mucor.
Recently, several states have reported cases of mucormycosis triggered by COVID, particularly in patients with diabetes.
In a notice published on May 9, the Center said mucormycosis can be fatal if left untreated. He also said that the fungal infection primarily affects people who take drugs that reduce their ability to fight environmental pathogens.