From Our Bureau                       

30TH MAY 2020

A total of 1,73,763 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the country so far and the death toll rose to 4,971 on Saturday.

During the last 24 hours, a total of 11,264 COVID-19 patients have been cured. This is the highest number of recovered patients recorded in a day. Thus, so far, a total of 82,369 patients have been cured of COVID-19.

This has resulted in a recovery rate of 47.40 percent amongst COVID-19 patients, an increase of 4.51 percent in the recovery rate from the previous day’s recovery rate of 42.89 percent.

Owing to the high number of recovered patients, the number of active patients has also declined from 89,987 patients on 29th May to 86,422 active cases on Saturday. All the active cases are under active medical supervision.

As on 30th May 2020, the doubling time in the past 14 days was 13.3 and it has improved to 15.4 in the last three days. The fatality rate is 2.86 percent.  As of 29th May 2020, there are 2.55 percent active COVID-19 patients in ICU, 0.48 percent on ventilators and 1.96 percent on oxygen support. ‘

The testing capacity has increased in the country through 462 Government laboratories and 200 private laboratories. Cumulatively, 36,12,242 tests have been done so far for COVID-19, including 1,26,842 samples tested on Friday.

With respect to the health infrastructure in the country for management of COVID-19, as of now, 942 dedicated COVID hospitals with 1,58,908 Isolation beds, 20,608 ICU beds and 69,384 Oxygen supported beds are available. 2,380 dedicated COVID Health Centres with 1,33,678 Isolation beds; 10,916 ICU beds and 45,750 Oxygen supported beds have been operationalised. 10,541 quarantine centres and 7,304 COVID Care Centres with 6,64,330 beds are now available to combat COVID-19 in the country.

‘The Central Government has also provided 119.88 lakh N95 masks and 96.14 lakh Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to the States/ Union Territories/ Central Institutions.

Through a graded, pre-emptive and pro-active approach, the 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.

It is reiterated that all precautions must be taken while living with the new normal of COVID-19. It is imperative that all guidelines on physical distancing are followed at public places and workplaces; hand hygiene including frequent hand washing and respiratory hygiene is maintained; mask or face covers are used in public places; and coughing/respiratory etiquettes are followed.

The management of COVID-19 is only possible when all due care is taken by everyone without being complacent about the situation and by not taking the relaxations during the lockdown situation for granted. (eom)

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