Health and Family Welfare Ministry said that a total 45 thousand 300 people affected with corona virus have cured and the recovery rate reached to 40.31 per cent in the country. During the last twenty four hours, three thousand two people have recovered and five thousand 609 fresh cases of Covid-19 have been reported taking the total number of cases to one lakh 12 thousand 359. A total 132 deaths have been registered in last 24 hours taking the nationwide toll to three thousand 435. At present, mortality rate in India is 3.06 percent, which is much lower in comparison to the global mortality rate of 6.65 per cent. Elderly people above 60 years and people having co-morbidities are identified as high risks groups for COVID-19 which constitute 50.5 per cent of the total mortality rate of India.
A total one lakh three thousand 532 samples of corona virus were tested in the last 24 hours. Indian Council of Medical Research said that the total number of tests reached to 26 lakh 15 thousand 920 in the country. Meanwhile, ICMR is continuously scaling up its testing facilities for Covid-19 by giving approval to government and private laboratories. As of now, total 567 laboratories across India have been given approval to conduct the test for Covid-19 including 396 government laboratories and 173 private laboratories' chains.
Health Ministry said that at present, India has 63 thousand 624 active cases and these are all under active medical supervision. Of the active cases, only 2.94 per cent of the cases are in ICU. It added, 3 thousand 27 dedicated Covid hospitals and health centres along with more than 6 lakh 50 thousand Covid Care Centres have been identified. More than 2.81 lakh isolation beds and 11 thousand 387 oxygen supported beds have already been identified in dedicated Covid hospitals and health centres. Ministry said, government has supplied 65 lakh PPE coveralls and more than one crore N95 masks to the states. In addition, the government is involving epidemiologists at all levels in order to combat Covid-19.
With government looking at largest ever evacuation of stranded Indian nationals from countries across the world to India total coronavirus cases may eventually go up.
. The second phase of Vande Bharat mission began on 16th of this month and this phase will last till 13th June. India is looking to bring back nationals from 47 countries on 162 flights in this phase. Places like Istanbul, and Ho Chi Minh City have been included in this phase and flights have been increased to the US and Europe.
Briefing media yesterday, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said Government is looking to develop Frankfurt as a hub. He said India is bringing back nationals from far flung areas like Argentina, and Peru. He said as of this afternoon, 23 thousand 475 Indian nationals have safely returned under this Mission. They include over 4800 workers, around 4100 students and 3087 professionals among others. As of now, over 2 lakh 50 thousand have registered to return from 98 countries, most of whom are workers, and students.Replying to a query, Mr Srivastava said there will be a third phase of repatriation which will be announced in due course of time.
India is also receiving nationals stranded abroad onboard flights from other countries which are coming in to evacuate nationals of those countries. Flights from Buenos Aires, Iran, Djibouti and Hong Kong have brought in Indian nationals stranded in those places.
In terms of numbers, among those with compelling reasons registered to return, 16,991 are those facing medical emergencies and 8746 are pregnant women and elderly persons.