Health Ministry has confirmed that India has scaled an unprecedented peak with active Cases drop below the 5 lakh mark for the first time after 106 days. In a tweet this morning, the Ministry said, it assumes significance in the context of many countries reporting a surge in their active caseload.
Health Ministry said, this landmark achievement has been made possible by the Centre's sustained, graded and targetted strategies, their effective implementation by the States and UTs, dedicated and selfless service of doctors and all other COVID-19 warriors.
The government also confirmed that the recovered cases in the country have crossed 79 lakhs which is the highest in the world. Briefing media in New Delhi, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said, 51,476 cases recovered daily in the last week. He said India's case per Million Population is amongst the lowest in the world.
Mr. Bhushan said case per Million Population stands at 6, 225 for India, whereas the global average is 6,4,39. He said, India's active COVID19 cases account for 5.83 percent of the total infections and over 92 percent of patients have recovered. Mr. Bhushan said the cumulative positivity rate is 7.18 percent.
The Secretary said, in India, 235 new cases per million population were reported in the last 7 days, whereas the global average of new cases per million population stands at 482. He said India's deaths per million population is also amongst the lowest in the world, standing at 92 deaths per million population.
Mr. Bhushan said India recorded an average of 3 new deaths per million population in the last 7 days, whereas the global average stood at 7 new deaths per million population. He informed that nearly 12 crore tests have been conducted and 11 lakh 18 thousand 72 daily average tests in the last week. The Secretary urged people that during the ongoing festive season, don't forget to wear masks covering the nose and mouth, maintain physical distancing and wash hands regularly.
Replying to a query Mr. Bhushan said, the national expert group on COVID-19 vaccine administration is in dialogue with all vaccine manufacturers including domestic manufacturers and foreign manufacturers.