Coronavirus in India: The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday, while giving a coronavirus update, said that “We have the largest number of COVID-19 recoveries in the world and we stand second in terms of the number of tests conducted in any country.”
The Health Ministry said that six states – Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and West Bengal – account for 64 percent of the total active coronavirus cases in India.
Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Union Health Ministry, said that while many countries have reported a surge, India has recorded 310 cases per million in the last seven days, which is among the lowest globally.
Apart from COVID-19 recoveries, the new cases reported in 24 hours were below 50,000, after almost 84 days, the Health Ministry added while giving a coronavirus update.
It also stated that 2,65,046 oxygen-supported beds, 7,71,36 ICU beds, and 39,527 ventilator beds are available in the country as of October 19.
India on Tuesday reported 46,791 new COVID-19 cases and 587 deaths taking the total number of coronavirus cases in India to 75,97,064 out of which 7,48,538 are active cases, 67,33,329 have been cured and discharged.
The Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan on Monday said that “I expressed my delight at the entire country collectively rising up to the challenge of COVID-19 right from the time of ‘Janta curfew’ in March till now.”
Meanwhile, Balram Bhargava, DG, ICMR, said that “WHO solidarity trial is a 30-country trial in which India has been a participant and interim results of this have been put on the website, which has not yet been peer-reviewed. However, we find that these drugs are not performing as good as it was expected.”