Union Health Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, on Friday, said that India has so far reported 1.25 million cases and more than 30,000 deaths due to COVID-19. "India has one of the lowest cases and deaths per million population. Our recovery rate stands at 63.45 percent whereas our mortality is at 2.3 percent," he added.
Likewise, he said that "We have performed over 15 million RTPCR tests so far, and are now performing more than 0.35 million tests per day with a projected quantum of performing 1 million tests per day."
Meanwhile, the Union Home Ministry issued guidelines for the celebrations of Independence Day 2020. In an advisory, the Home Ministry said COVID-19 warriors like doctors, health and sanitation workers should be invited in the ceremony as a recognition of their noble service in the fight against the pandemic.
The Centre has also asked all the states to avoid large congregation and ensure social distancing and webcast the Independence Day events as the novel coronavirus cases continue to spiral unabated.
Currently, India is the third worst-hit nation in the world with more than 1.2 million cases in the country. The US is on top with 4,170,131 cases followed by Brazil at 2,289,951. The total number of coronavirus cases across the globe ha increased to 15,666,840 out of which 636,789 have died while 9,554,890 have been recovered.