COVID-19: Eight states contributed 85.5% of active cases and 87% of total deaths

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Saturday stated eight states, including Delhi and Maharashtra, contributed 87% of total deaths due to coronavirus in India.

The health ministry also informed the group of ministers that the eight states were also the biggest contributor to active cases, about 85.5%. These eight states are Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Telangana, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal.

The MoHFW was speaking at the 17th meeting of the high-level Group of Ministers (GoM) on COVID-19, which was held virtually under the chairpersonship of Dr Harsh Vardhan.

Vardhan said, “Our recovery rate has gone above 58% and around 3 lakh people have recovered from Covid-19. Our mortality/fatality rate is near 3% which is very less. Our doubling rate has come down to near 19 days, which was 3 days before the lockdown”.

The GOM was briefed on the current status of Covid-19 cases in the country, the recovery and mortality rates, doubling rate, ramped up testing and strengthened healthcare infrastructure in the various states.

ICMR informed the government that there are 1,039 dedicated Covid hospitals with 1,76,275 isolation beds, 22,940 ICU beds and 77,268 oxygen supported beds. 2,398 dedicated Covid Health Centres with 1,39,483 Isolation beds, 11,539 ICU beds and 51,321 oxygen supported beds are currently operational.

Moreover, 8,958 COVID Care Centres with 8,10,621 beds are now available to fight COVID-19 in the country. The Centre has also provided 185.18 lakh N95 masks and 116.74 lakh personal protective equipment (PPEs) to state governments as well, the release stated.

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