From Our Bureau                       

2ND JUNE 2020

A total of 1,98,706 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the country so far and the death toll rose to 5,598 on Tuesday.

Presently, there are 97,581 active cases and all are under active medical supervision. A total of 3,708 COVID-19 patients have been cured during the last 24 hours. So far, a total of 95,527 patients have been cured of COVID-19. The recovery rate is 48.07 percent amongst COVID-19 patients. India’s recovery rate continues to increase and the fatality rate is one amongst the lowest in the world. As on today, the fatality rate is 2.82 percent.

The population of India and the total population of 14 most affected countries are almost the same. Despite a similar population, as on 1st June 2020, the total cases in those 14 most affected countries are 22.5 times that in India. The total deaths occurred due to COVID-19 in those 14 most affected countries are 55.2 times that of India.

In these circumstances, the focus is to minimize the fatalities as much as possible through timely case identification and clinical management of the cases. The relatively low death figures can be attributed to the two-pronged strategy – timely case identification and clinical management of the cases.

If the available data on death due to COVID-19 is analysed, it is seen that only 10 percent of India’s population (people above 60 years age) is contributing to 50 percent of India’s COVID-19 deaths. 73 percent of COVID-19 deaths in India are people with co-morbidities (including diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases). Hence, these high risk groups need to be effectively protected.

It is reiterated that to prevent COVID-19 in high-risk patients, certain precautions must be taken by them including the following: continuing routine medicines as advised by the doctor in case of pre-existing medical conditions (like diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases); taking immunity boosting measures suggested by Ministry of AYUSH e.g. drinking herbal tea, taking ‘Kadha’; using telemedicine (e.g. eSanjeevani) if medical advice is needed; ensuring early detection of COVID-19 by using Aarogya Setu app to check if you came in contact with COVID-19 patients, self-assessing oneself on app , and undertaking regular self-monitoring of health.

It is advised that if high risk individuals develop COVID-19 symptoms, they should seek medical guidance either telemedically through helpline numbers or visit a doctor physically.

Citizens can also contribute in supporting the high-risk group by following simple steps like practicing good hand and respiratory hygiene; avoiding close contact with others if one is showing symptoms; helping those at high risk in daily chores while maintaining distance; avoiding large groups of people and religious gatherings. It is strongly advised to stay home unless absolutely necessary. (eom)

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