While India’s COVID tally has crossed 49 lakh-mark, the Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that the battle against COVID-19 is far from over.
While addressing the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said “COVID-19 fatality and recovery rates stand at 1.67 percent and 77.65 percent, respectively.”
“India has been able to limit its cases and deaths per million to 3,320 cases per million and 55 deaths per million which is one of the lowest in the world,” he added.
The Health Minister also said that lockdown has prevented approximately 14 lakh to 29 lakh cases and 37,000 to 78,000 deaths.
These 4 months were utilised to create additional health infrastructure, enhance human resources, and produce within Indian critical elements such as PPE kits, N95 masks and ventilators, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said.
He further informed the Upper House that COVID-19 testing is about 1 million tests per day which translates to 720 tests per million population per day, much higher than that stipulated by WHO which 140 tests per million per day.
The Union Health Minister also said “I want to remind the members that battle against COVID-19 is far from over. I wish to inform the house that the government is taking all necessary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in India.”