11,264 patients recovered in a day, doubling time 15.4 days: Health Min


The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Saturday that the doubling time of Covid-19 cases has improved to 15.4 days in the last three days, while the recovery rate has shot up to 47.40 percent.

According to a statement issued by the Health Ministry, a total of 11,264 Covid-19 patients have been cured in the last 24 hours, the highest in a single day so far. As many as 82,369 patients have been cured of Covid-19 till now.

“The doubling time in the past 14 days was 13.3, which has improved to 15.4 in the last three days. The fatality rate is 2.86 percent. As on May 29, there were 2.55 percent active Covid-19 cases in the ICU, 0.48 percent on ventilator support and 1.96 percent on oxygen support,” the Health Ministry said.

According to a senior ministry official, the recovery rate has increased by 4.51 percent, from 42.89 percent to 47.40 percent.

“Owing to the high number of recovered patients, the number of active cases has also declined from 89,987 on Friday to 86,422 presently. All the active cases are under active medical supervision,” the ministry said.

The Health Ministry said that the testing capacity has increased in the country through 462 government laboratories and 200 private laboratories. “Cumulatively, 36,12,242 tests have been done so far for Covid-19, while 1,26,842 samples were tested on Friday,” said an official.

There are 942 dedicated Covid-19 hospitals with 1,58,908 isolation beds, 20,608 ICU beds and 69,384 oxygen supported beds in the country.

“A total of 2,380 dedicated Covid Health Centres with 1,33,678 isolation beds, 10,916 ICU beds and 45,750 oxygen supported beds have been operationalisd. As many as 10,541 quarantine centres and 7,304 Covid Care Centres with 6,64,330 beds are now available to combat coronavirus in the country,” said the statement.

The Centre has also provided 119.88 lakh N95 masks and 96.14 Lakh Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the states/UTs/Central institutions.

The Health Ministry also emphasised that all precautions must be taken while living with the new normal of Covid-19. The ministry insisted that the management of Covid-19 is only possible when due care is taken by everyone without being complacent and also by not taking the relaxations during the lockdown situation for granted.

“It is imperative that all guidelines on physical distancing are followed at public places and workplaces; hand hygiene including frequent hand washing and respiratory hygiene is maintained; mask or face covers are used in public places; and coughing/respiratory etiquettes are followed,” said the statement.


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