No shortage of medical oxygen in the country, says Health Secretary
India retains the position of highest number of COVID- 19 recoveries with more than 67 lakh recoveries so far. Country’s Cumulative positivity rate remains below 8% in spite of high number of COVID tests conducted (9.6 Crore tests so far). As of now only 9.8% of the total COVID cases reported are active. Daily Positivity Rate is 4.5% and shows a consistent declining trend. Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Rajesh Bhushan stated this during the weekly media briefing on the actions taken, preparedness and updates on COVID-19, held at National Media Centre, New Delhi yesterday.
Bhushan further informed that India’s cases per million population is 310 whereas world average is 315. Second Surge of COVID cases is seen in many countries like Spain, America, UK and France. India still accounts for low deaths per million – at 83 whereas the world average is 142.
Recovery rate is continuously increasing from around 76% during first week of September to more than 86% as on 20th October. On the other hand, active cases have come down from 7.85 lakhs to 7.45 lakhs. In a similar trend, daily new cases have come down from over 69,000 in September to around 46,000 in October. Since 29 July, that is after 84 days, new cases recorded in last 24 hours are less than 50,000.