The health ministry says, India’s Covid-19 cases per million is 3,102, which is among the lowest in the world.
While addressing a press conference on Tuesday, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan mentioned that the per million COVID-19 cases are 6 times less than Brazil and the US.
“The cases per million population stands at 3,527 for the world. It is 4,945 for Mexico, 7,063 for Russia, 19,549 for the US and 19,514 for Brazil. The number of COVID-19 cases per million population in the country stands at 3,102 and it is among the lowest in the world,” He said.
He further said that the fatality rate is also declining continuously.
“Case fatality rate is continuously declining. It was at 2.15% in the first week of August, now it stands at 1.7%,” He added.
“In India, 53 deaths per million population have been recorded. The number of deaths per million population is 500 to 600 in countries with which we are compared. Doctors, paramedics, hospital support staff have a great contribution in this,” he added.
While talking about most affected states, he informed that Maharashtra, Andhra, Karnataka, UP, Tamil Nadu account for 70% of Covid-19 deaths in India.
He also said that there are 14 states and union territories that have less than 5,000 COVID cases. He mentioned that Lakshadeep has no active cases.
28 states/UTs have Covid-19 case fatality rate lower than national average of 1.7%, Bhushan said.
Mr. Bhushan said that the active and recovered cases are increasing.
“As of now, the number of active cases is 8,83,697 whereas the number of recovered cases is 33,23,950. The number of recovered patients is more than 33 lakh with the highest single-day recovery of 73,642 in the last 24 hours. Fourteen states and union territories have less than 5,000 COVID-19 cases.”
He further added that tests per million are increasing.
“Tests per million population was 26,016 on August 24 and it is 36,703 now. More than 5 crore tests have been conducted so far. In the last week, more than 10 lakh tests were conducted daily. On September 3 and 4 we have tested over 11 lakh samples,” he said.
“India’s daily testing numbers are one of the highest in the world” Health ministry said.
“Such high levels of testing on a sustained basis over a period of time in widespread areas enables early diagnosis, and in turn facilitates seamless isolation and effective hospitalisation. This eventually leads to lower mortality rate.”
“Higher numbers of testing also subsequently result in lowered positivity rate,” the ministry said.
The average daily tests conducted (week wise) have been demonstrating a consistent increase. This has registered a 3.2 times expansion from the third week of July (3,26,971) to the first week of September (10,46,470).
However, On Tuesday itself India reported 247,096 new COVID-19 cases and 4,483 deaths.