No room for Laxity, decline trend in coronavirus cases, said Ministry of Health

The daily fresh cases of coronavirus and deaths due to the infection have shown a decline in trend from 13th August, said the Health Ministry on Tuesday, but also warned against any laxity, underlining that 5 days are a short span in the context of novel pandemic.
Rajesh Bhushan, Health Secretary while addressing a press said that in spite of a constant level of 7 to 8 lakh Covid-19 tests a day, the positive case rate has come down from 10.03 per cent to 7.72 per cent.

“The daily new cases from August 13 are down from over 64,000 to 55,079 now. There is a declining trend. But five days are a short span in the context of a pandemic and there is no room for laxity on containment, testing and surveillance,” he said.

“Absolute deaths have also declined during the same period. These two parameters do give us some satisfaction but there is no reason for us to slacken our guard,” Bhushan said.

He further added that the number of recovered patients has reached around 20 lakhs, which is 2.93 times of active coronavirus cases.

“19,77,779 people have recovered from the disease so far. There are 6,73,166 active cases of coronavirus infection and they are under medical supervision,” he informed.

Bhushan also said that, the fatality case rate has also come down below 2 per cent.

“The daily case fatality rate has reduced to 1.92 per cent and the weekly average fatality rate is 1.94 per cent. Both are below 2 per cent,” he stated.

“In its interaction with state and UT governments, the Health Ministry has repeatedly underlined the fact that our aim should be to bring down the case fatality rate to one per cent or below that,” said Bhushan.


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