Less than 1% on Ventilators, less than 2% in ICUs and less than 3% cases on Oxygen Beds
– globalbihari bureau
New Delhi: The actual case load of COVID-19 cases in the country is “only” 3,42,756, as on date, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare claimed here on Friday. It informed that more than 6.35 lakhs (63.33%) of the total cases had recovered.
“India, being the second most populous country in the world with 1.35 billion people, has 727.4 cases per million. On the global scale, cases/million population in India are 4 to 8 times less than some European countries,” it stated, and further claimed that the case fatality rate at 18.6 deaths/million of the country was one of the lowest in the world. The Ministry said the collaborative efforts of all States/UTs for house-to-house surveys, contact tracing, surveillance of containment and buffer zones, perimeter control activities, aggressive testing and timely diagnosis resulted in early identification of the infected persons. “This helped in early treatment too,” it stated.
India had followed a standard of care protocol for the differentiated categorisation of COVID-19 patients- mild, moderate and severe as clearly formulated in the Clinical Management Protocol of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW). “The effective clinical management strategies have shown to yield positive results,” it stated and pointed out that because of this almost 80% of the asymptomatic and mild cases had been advised home isolation under medical supervision to keep hospitals unburdened. The moderate and severe patients were being treated in either the Dedicated COVID Hospitals or Dedicated COVID Health Centres. It is also notable that less than 1.94% of the cases are in ICUs, 0.35% cases are on ventilators and 2.81% cases are on Oxygen beds, the ministry said.
The Ministry claimed medical infrastructure to ensure quality treatment of the admitted patients was being continuously augmented across the country. “As a result of concerted efforts, the COVID-19 Hospital Infrastructure to treat COVID-19 is stronger today. It has 1383 Dedicated COVID Hospitals, 3107 Dedicated COVID Healthcare Centres, and 10,382 COVID Care Centres. Together they hada capacity of 46,673 ICU beds. 21,848 ventilators are deployed in the hospitals in all States/UTs. There was no shortage of N95 masks and PPE kits. The Centre has supplied 235.58 lakh N95 masks and 124.26 lakh PPE kits to State/UTs/Central institutions. “