COVID-19: India has about 0.2 deaths/lakh population compared to global 4.1

While the world has approx. 4.1 deaths/lakh population, India has about 0.2 deaths/lakh population comparatively. So far, more than 24 lakh samples have been tested

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New Delhi: With a recovery rate of 38.73% amongst COVID-19 patients, India has crossed the 60,000 active cases under active medical supervision. Of the active cases, only approx. 2.9% of the cases are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
In terms of case mortality per lakh population, India has so far about 0.2 deaths per lakh population vis-a-vis approx. 4.1 deaths per lakh population for the world as a whole. The status of deaths per lakh population for countries having the highest number of deaths, vide WHO situation report-119, is as follows:
Countries Total Deaths Case mortality per lakh population
World 3,11,847 4.1
United States of America 87180 26.6
The United Kingdom 34636 52.1
Italy 31908 52.8
France 28059 41.9
Spain 27650 59.2
Brazil 15633 7.5
Belgium 9052 79.3
Germany 7935 9.6
Iran (Islamic Republic of) 6988 8.5
Canada 5702 15.4
Netherlands 5680 33.0
Mexico 5045 4.0
China 4645 0.3
Turkey 4140 5.0
Sweden 3679 36.1
India 3163* 0.2
* Latest figures updated for 19th May, 2020
The relatively low death figures represent timely case identification and clinical management of the cases.
Testing of samples increasing rapidly
More than 24,25,742 samples have been tested. From one laboratory conducting COVID-19 test in January, India has very rapidly increased its testing capacity by adding over 385 government laboratories and 158 private laboratories for testing in the country. Duly forging partnerships with all central government labs, state’s medical colleges, private medical colleges and private sector, the testing capacity in the country has been expanded. Other testing machines like TrueNAT and CBNAAT have also been mobilized to ramp up testing.
Through 14 AIIMS-like mentor institutions, handholding of labs across the country is undertaken to ensure adequate bio-safety standards and accreditation of the laboratories.  To maintain steady supply of testing material to the labs, 15 depots have been created by roping in India Posts and private agencies for distribution. Many Indian companies have been supported to undertake production of testing material which was earlier primarily sourced from abroad. This has helped in maintaining steady supplies across the country.
Health Ministry issues revised guidelines
Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued revised testing guidelines for COVID-19. In addition to earlier criteria, the testing strategy has been widened to include frontline workers involved in containment and mitigation of C0VlD-19, all hospitalized patients who develop lLl symptoms and all symptomatic ILI among returnees and migrants within 7 days of illness. For details, visit here.
Ministry of Health has also issued guidelines on preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19 in workplace settings to deal if a suspect or confirmed case of COVID-19 is detected in these settings. The guidelines can be seen here.
Ministry has also issued guidelines for Dental Professionals in COVID-19 pandemic situation as the Dentists, auxiliaries as well as patients are at high risk of cross-infection. A detailed guideline can be seen here.
These guidelines entail basic preventive measures to be observed by all (employees and visitors) at all times. They also detail the process to be followed if a confirmed case is reported including management of contacts and the process for disinfection.
It is important to ensure effective community awareness on preventive measures such as personal hygiene, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquettes, promote use of face cover and physical distancing.
For all authentic and updated information on COVID-19 related technical issues, guidelines & advisories one can regularly check this website.
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In case of any queries on COVID-19, please call at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare helpline number +91-11-23978046 or 1075 (Toll-free). A list of helpline numbers of States/UTs on COVID-19 is also available here.