India has lowest Covid-19 cases per million globally: WHO report

New Delhi (NVI): According to the World Health Organization (WHO) Situation Report published recently, India has one of the lowest cases of COVID-19 per million population. India’s cases per million population are at 505.37 while the global average is at 1453.25, the Ministry of Health said today.

Citing the WHO Situation Report, the Health Ministry said that the Latin American country Chile has witnessed 15,459.8 cases of Covid-19 per million population, while Peru 9070.8, US 8560.5, Brazil 7419.1 and Spain 5358.7.

Likewise, the UK has witnessed 651.4 cases of COVID-19 related deaths per million population.

The WHO Situation Report also shows that India has one of the lowest deaths per million population. India’s cases of death per million population is 14.27 while the global average is more than its four times, at 68.29.

Meanwhile, India has ramped up the hospital infrastructure to adequately and effectively manage the cases. The preparedness included arrangement of oxygen support, ICU and ventilator facilities. As on July 7, 2020, there are 1201 dedicated Covid Hospitals, 2611 dedicated Covid Healthcare Centres and 9,909 Covid Care Centres to look after Covid patients from those with very severe to very mild symptoms, the ministry said in a statement.

During the last 24 hours, a total of 15,515 Covid-19 patients have been cured, taking the cumulative figure of recovered cases among Covid-19 patients to 4,39,947 as of today.

The statement further said, “Coordinated efforts at all levels of the national and state governments for prevention, containment and management of COVID-19 are showing encouraging results with consistently increasing gap between recoveries and active cases. As on date, there are 1,80,390 recovered cases more than the active COVID-19 cases. The recovery rate among COVID-19 patients has increased to 61.13 per cent today.”

At present, there are 2,59,557 active cases and all are under medical supervision. During the last 24 hours, 2,41,430 samples have been tested. With this, the nationwide samples tested for COVID-19 stands at 1,02,11,092.

The ministry further said that the testing capacity has increased in the country, with 793 labs in the government sector and 322 private labs in the private sector. There are as many as 1,115 labs in the country.

Of these, 372 government labs and 226 private labs can conduct Real-Time RT PCR based testing.

Similarly, TrueNat based testing can be done by 388 government and 35 private labs and CBNAAT based testing can be conducted in 33 government and 61 private labs, the ministry added.

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