NEW DELHI: Eight states — Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Telangana, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal — have contributed 85.5% of the active Covid-19 caseload and 87% of total deaths due to the disease in India, indicating where the main challenge in combating the disease lies.
The data was shared by the health ministry with the group of ministers (GoM) on Covid-19, which met for the 17th time on Saturday and asked states to ramp up testing and reach full national testing capacity of three lakh samples a day.
Health minister Harsh Vardhan, who chaired the meeting, said the doubling time of Covid-19 cases has improved to 19 days from three days before the lockdown even as total Covid-19 cases surged to around 5 lakh on Saturday with the worst single-day jump of 18,552 cases.
3 lakh beat Covid, India’s recovery rate at 58%
Though total new cases are rapidly adding up to India’s total tally, data shows the daily rise in fresh cases is driven by some states, officials said. Vardhan said with focused efforts to improve clinical management, recovery rate is also constantly improving. On Saturday, India recorded recovery rate of 58.13% with around 3 lakh people cured of Covid-19 so far. The fatality rate is near 3%.
TOI reported on Friday that a “natural recession” is to be seen in the Covid-19 pandemic in India with share of active cases declining steadily in the last two weeks.
In an attempt to customise its containment efforts and take steps in focused manner, the health ministry has deployed 15 central teams consisting of public health experts, epidemiologists and a senior joint secretary-level officer to provide support to states, the ministry informed the GoM.
Balram Bhragava, director general of ICMR informed the GoM that the samples tested in the last 24 hours have increased to 2,20,479 taking the total cumulative number of samples tested, as on date, to 79,96,707. Tests per day being conducted in India are, however, lesser than daily testing capacity of three-lakh samples.
India now has 1,026 diagnostic labs dedicated to Covid-19.