While people are worried about the spike in the coronavirus cases, the Joint Secretary of Union Health Ministry, Lav Agarwal, stated that a total of 60,490 patients have recovered from COVID-19 so far and that the recovery rate continues to improve and presently it is 41.61 percent. The fatality rate is one among the lowest in the world, it is 2.87 percent now, Lav Agarwal said.
Director-General, ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research), Dr. Balram Bhargava stated that the testings have gone up in the last few months. 1.1 lakh samples are tested daily, he said.
The Union Health Ministry stated that “4.4 deaths per lakh population have been reported for the world, while India has reported about 0.3 deaths per lakh population, which is amongst the lowest in the world. This has been due to the lockdown, timely identification, and management of COVID-19 cases.”
“In terms of fatality rate, we have surprisingly found a low fatality rate in India, which is very good. There are several hypothesis on this, but we can’t say anything clearly on any factor. Hope it continues,” Dr. Balram Bhargava said.
He also added that “From just one COVID-19 testing lab in Pune to 430 public labs and 182 private labs across the nation, India has significantly expanded its testing in the last 3 months.”
Dr. Balram also said that there are a lot of drugs that are being repurposed for COVID-19. “Taking biological plausibility, in-vitro data, and safety of Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), we recommend it under strict medical supervision. Based on the risk-benefit we found that possibly we should not deny our health workers from using it,” he said.