95,526 patients cured of COVID-19 in India: Union Health Ministry

The focus is to minimise the fatalities as much as possible through timely case identification and clinical management of the cases, the ministry stated.

India’s COVID-19 recovery rate is increasing and a total of 95,526 COVID-19 positive patients in India have been cured of the illness, the Health and Family Welfare Ministry said in a release on Tuesday

As on Tuesday, the COVID-19 recovery rate in India is 48.07 per cent and the fatality rate is 2.82 per cent, one among the lowest in the world, the ministry stated. It said that with the rise in the recovery rate, the country now has 97,581 active cases and all are under active medical supervision.

However, as the coronavirus positive cases continue to rise, the focus is to minimise the fatalities as much as possible through timely case identification and clinical management of the cases, the ministry stated. The relatively low death figures can be attributed to the two pronged strategy - timely case identification and clinical management of the cases, it added.

The ministry further stated that if the available data on death due to COVID-19 is analysed, only 10 per cent of India's population (people above 60 years age) is contributing to 50 per cent of India's COVID-19 deaths. Seventy-three per cent of COVID-19 deaths in India are people with co-morbidities (including diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases). Hence, these high risk groups need to be effectively protected, it added.

The ministry reiterated the need to take certain precautions to prevent COVID-19 in high-risk patients.

1. Continue routine medicines as advised by the doctor in case of pre-existing medical conditions (like diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases)

2. Take immunity boosting measures suggested by Ministry of AYUSH e.g. drinking herbal tea, taking 'Kadha'

3. Use telemedicine (e.g. eSanjeevani) if medical advice is needed; ensure early detection of COVID-19 by using Aarogya Setu app to check if you came in contact with COVID-19 patients, self-assess yourself on app , and undertake regular self-monitoring of health. If high risk individuals develop COVID-19 symptoms, they should seek medical guidance either telemedically through helpline numbers or visit a doctor physically.

4. Citizens can also contribute in supporting the high-risk group by following simple steps like practicing good hand and respiratory hygiene; avoiding close contact with others if one is showing symptoms; helping those at high risk in daily chores while maintaining distance; avoiding large groups of people and religious gatherings.

6. It is strongly advised to stay home unless absolutely necessary.

In case of any queries on COVID-19, please call at Health and Family Welfare Ministry helpline no.: +91-11-23978046 or 1075 (Toll-free). List of helpline numbers of States/UTs on COVID-19 is also available at https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/coronvavirushelplinenumber.pdf, the ministry added.

First Published:June 2, 2020, 8:34 p.m.