From Our Bureau                       

27TH MAY 2020

A total of 1,51,767 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the country so far and the death toll rose to 4,337 on Wednesday. The number of cases under active medical supervision now is 83,004. So far, a total of 64,426 patients have been cured.

Recovery rate in the country continues to improve and presently it is 42.4 percent. The case fatality rate in the country is also showing a downward trend from 3.30 percent (as on 15th April) to around 2.86 percent at present which is amongst the lowest in the world. The global average for case fatality is presently around 6.36 percent.

Through a graded, pre-emptive and pro-active approach, Government of India is taking several steps along with the States/Union Territories for prevention, containment and management of COVID-19. These are being regularly reviewed and monitored at the highest level.

Lockdown has garnered multiple gains, and primarily among them is that it has decelerated the pace of spread of the disease. According to the estimates made by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, a large number of deaths and cases have been averted.  

At the same time, during the lockdown period, development of COVID-19 specific health infrastructure; capacity development of human resource through online training modules and webinars; increased testing capacity; increase in supplies, equipment, oxygen; issuing of relevant guidelines, standards prepared, circulated, adopted, practiced; development of diagnostics, drug trials, vaccine research; and on the technical side surveillance systems strengthened with more contact tracing, house to house surveys along with tools like Aarogya Setu was achieved.

Health infrastructure required for COVID-19 management was ramped up during the lockdown. As of 27th May 2020, as many as 930 dedicated COVID hospitals with 1,58,747 Isolation beds, 20,355 ICU beds and 69,076 Oxygen supported beds are available. 2,362 dedicated COVID Health Centres with 1,32,593 Isolation beds; 10,903 ICU beds and 45,562 Oxygen supported beds have been operationalised. 10,341 quarantine centres and 7,195 COVID Care Centres with 6,52,830 beds are now available to combat COVID-19 in the country.

The Central Government has also provided 113.58 lakh N95 masks and 89.84 lakh Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to the States/ UTs / Central Institutions. The testing capacity has increased in the country through 435 Government laboratories and 189 private laboratories (total of 624 labs). Cumulatively, 32,42,160 samples have been tested so far for COVID-19, whereas 1,16,041 samples were tested yesterday. (eom)

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