India's COVID-19 recovery rate improving, fatality rate declining: Health Ministry

Cheryl Sanders
June 2, 2020

"The fatality rate due to COVID-19 in our country is 2.82 per cent and it is one of the lowest in the world".

He stated that one in every two coronavirus deaths in India has been from the senior citizen population, who constitute 10% of India's total population.

The Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Luv Agarwal on Tuesday (June 2, 2020) said that India's COVID-19 fatality rate is at 2.82%, where the senior citizens have constituted the 50% of the deaths.

Coming to the total number of COVID-19 cases worldwide, the Johns Hopkins University said that the overall number of cases stood at 6,265,496, while the death toll increased to 375,526.

"A steady decline can be seen in the case fatality rate in the country". The state also recorded highest deaths in India.

The US now accounts for the highest number of infections and fatalities in the world With 1,811,370 confirmed cases and 105,165 deaths.

It is imperative that high-risk people take required preventive action and also take timely action based on medical advice in case they experience COVID-19 symptoms, Agarwal said.

She said India is conducting an average of 1.2 lakh tests daily adding that India has been using indigenous platforms to ramp up testing.

ICMR is conducting a sero-survey to assess the extent of spread of COVID-19 and nearly 34,000 people are being tested as a part of it.

As Coronavirus positive cases in India move closer to the 2 lakh mark with 1,98,706 positive coronavirus cases across the country, India has jumped to the 7th rank among all nations worst affected by the pandemic.

Agarwal sought to highlight that India's recovery rate has improved to 48.07% while the fatality rate has dipped.

The Health Ministry also added that elderly people of above 60 years age and those with co-morbidities are the most vulnerable.

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