– globalbihari bureau
New Delhi: The Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry has claimed that the recovery rate of COVID-19 patients is “improving continuously”.
Citing figures on Tuesday, a health ministry release stated that so far, a total of 39,174 patients had been cured of COVID-19, which meant a recovery rate of 38.73% amongst COVID-19 patients. It further stated that during last 24 hours, a total of 2,350 COVID-19 patients had been cured.
India currently has 58,802 active cases. These were all under active medical supervision. However, of the active cases, only approximately 2.9% of the cases were in Intensive Care Units (ICUs), the release claimed.
In terms of case mortality per lakh population, India has so far about 0.2 deaths per lakh population vis-a-vis approximately 4.1 deaths per lakh population for the world as a whole.
“The relatively low death figures represent timely case identification and clinical management of the cases,” the health ministry said. It further pointed out that so far a total of 24,25,742 samples had been tested in the country. “A record number of 1,08,233 samples were tested yesterday in the country,” it added.
From one laboratory conducting COVID-19 test in January, India has now increased its testing capacity by adding over 385 government laboratories and 158 private laboratories for testing in the country. “Duly forging partnerships with all central government labs, state’s medical colleges, private medical colleges and private sector, the testing capacity in the country has been expanded. Other testing machines like TrueNAT and CBNAAT have also been mobilized to ramp up testing,” the release said.
Through 14 AIIMS-like mentor institutions, handholding of labs across the country is undertaken to ensure adequate bio-safety standards and accreditation of the laboratories. To maintain steady supply of testing material to the labs, 15 depots have been created by roping in India Posts and private agencies for distribution. Many Indian companies have been supported to undertake production of testing material which was earlier primarily sourced from abroad. This has helped in maintaining steady supplies across the country.
Meanwhile, the health ministry on Monday issued revised testing guidelines for COVID-19. In addition to earlier criteria, the testing strategy has been widened to include frontline workers involved in containment and mitigation of C0VlD-19, all hospitalized patients who develop lLl symptoms and all symptomatic ILI among returnees and migrants within 7 days of illness.
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The ministry has also issued guidelines on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19 in workplace settings to deal if suspect or confirmed case of COVID-19 is detected in these settings. The guidelines can be seen at:
Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has also issued guidelines for Dental Professionals in COVID-19 pandemic situation as the Dentists, auxiliaries as well as patients are at high risk of cross-infection. The detailed guideline can be seen at:
These guidelines entail basic preventive measures to be observed by all (employees and visitors) at all times. They also detail the process to be followed if a confirmed case is reported including management of contacts and the process for disinfection.
It is important to ensure effective community awareness on preventive measures such as personal hygiene, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquettes, promote use of face cover and physical distancing.