Active Covid-19 cases one-fifth of total cases in India: Govt

Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (File photo)

New Delhi (NVI): The number of active coronavirus cases under medical supervision are one-fifth of the total coronavirus cases reported in the country, Union Health Ministry said.

Addressing a media briefing, Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Health Ministry said, “The active cases (9,90,061) are only 1/5th or 20 per cent of the total (38,59,399) number of COVID-19 cases in the country.”

“India’s COVID-19 recovery rate has risen to 78.28 per cent,” he added.

Bhushan noted there are 14 states and Union territories in India where the total number of active cases are less than 5,000 and there are 18 states and Union territories where total active cases are between 5,000-50,000.

He added there are only four states, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh, in the country where the total number of active cases is more than 50,000.

The senior official also said the country’s average positivity rate is 8.4 per cent and that Maharashtra, the worst-hit state, has 21.4 per cent. “Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, account for 60 per cent of total active cases in the country,” he added.

Bhushan further said, more than 3.85 million COVID-19 patients have recovered, one of the highest number of recoveries in the world.

India is the second worst affected country by the coronavirus disease with 49,30,237 cases while the country’s death toll stood at 80,776, according to the Health Ministry.

-RJV