RECOVERY rate of COVID-19 patients improves in India, GOI

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DESPITE a number of cases related to nCoronavirus going up in India, the federal government said recovery rate of  COVID-19 patients has reached  62.42 per cent due to various measures taken to tackle the invisible virus. The Union Ministry for Health and Family Welfare headed by Dr Harsh Vardhan said on Friday, July 10  States and UTs have taken many steps like mapping of the communities to focus on the high-risk group like aged and co-morbid people. During the last 24 hours, a total of over 19 thousand COVID-19 patients cured, taking the cumulative figure of recovered cases to more than four lakh 95 thousand. There are over two lakh 76 thousand active cases and all are under medical supervision. The improvement in recovery rate is the result of aggressive testing that ensures early detection of patients. During the last 24 hours, over two lakh 83 thousand samples were tested. The cumulative number of samples tested is over one crore ten lakh. The testing lab network in the country is further strengthened with 835 labs in the government sector and 334 private labs. India has adequate hospital infrastructure which helps in timely triaging and clinical management of cases. Due to ramping up of hospital infrastructure in the country, there are one thousand 216 dedicated COVID Hospitals, two thousand 703 dedicated COVID Health Care Centres and around ten thousand COVID Care Centres with isolation beds, oxygen support and ICU facilities. There are 18 States and Union Territories with a recovery rate of more than the national average. At India level, the fatality rate has been recorded at 2.72 per cent, which is lower than the fatality rates observed in many other countries in the world. The focus of COVID-19 management has been to keep the fatalities low. Meanwhile, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has announced the initiation of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response (IPPR) to evaluate the world’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Director-General said the Panel will be co-chaired by former Prime Minister of New Zealand Helen Clark and former President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Prime Minister Clark leads the United Nations Development Programme and President Sirleaf is a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Operating independently, they will choose other Panel members as well as members of an independent secretariat to provide support, he added. Picture courtesy :DNA India

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