20 May 2020
New Delhi: The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Wednesday that more than 39.6 per cent of the confirmed Covid-19 cases have recovered, which is a reminder that the disease is curable and the clinical management protocols adopted by India are effective.
Speaking at a press conference, Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary at the Health Ministry, said, "The focus on clinical management and recovery has resulted in the improvement in the recovery rate. More than 39.6 per cent of the confirmed cases have recovered, bringing the total to 42,298 recoveries as of today. This is a reminder that the disease is curable and the clinical management protocols adopted by India are effective."
He also said that 2.9 per cent of all the active cases under treatment require oxygen support, about 3 per cent of the active cases require ICU support and 0.45 per cent of the active cases require ventilator support.
India has been concurrently focusing on upgrading the Covid dedicated health infrastructure. Agarwal stated that India has been relatively able to decelerate the pace of Covid-19 spread and the impact can be seen in the data of cases.
Compared to the global scale, where there are 62.3 cases per one lakh population, India still has only 7.9 cases/lakh population.
Similarly, for mortality rate per lakh population, while the global average is 4.2, India's figure is pegged at 0.2.
The relatively low death figures represent timely case identification and clinical management of the cases, he said.
With 5,611 new coronavirus cases and 140 fatalities in the last 24 hours, India Covid-tally stood at 1,06,750 on Wednesday while the death toll mounted to 3,303. Of this, 61,149 are active cases, according to the Health Ministry data.