All figures of Coronavirus in India peak

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 5/17/2020 11:59:53 PM

NEW DELHI, May 17: With the highest 2.48 lakh tested for coronavirus in a day, there was peak in the figures of those dead, hospitalised or recovered just hours before the third Lockdown comes to an end. No immediate explanation from the health ministry for this sudden hike except that some data from the states coming late and that contributing to higher figures.
So far 22.28 lakh persons have been tested for the virus and as many as 90,927 of them found to be positive, a spurt of 8457 in a single day from 3967 a day earlier. With the highest 223 deaths reported in 24 hours up to 8 am on Sunday, the death toll rose to 2872, though the government claims this is quite low compared to most of the affected countries as it is just 0.01% of the persons tested or 2.45% of the persons found positive and hospitalised.
The recovery rate improved to 37.5% from previous day's 34.06% with the highest 6189 cured and discharged in the past 24 hours raising the total recoveries to 34108.
Meanwhile, the Health ministry has come out with fresh guidelines on preparedness and response to COVID-19 in urban settlements, containment plan for large outbreak and cluster contain plan.
Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said only 3.1% active patients are in ICUs, 0.45% on ventilators and 2.7% on Oxygen support. As regards the health infrastructure development for containment of COVID-19, he said as of now 916 dedicated COVID hospitals with 1,80,473 beds (Isolation beds- 1,61,169 and ICU beds- 19,304) and 2,044 dedicated COVID Health Centres with 1,28,304 beds (Isolation beds- 1,17,775 and ICU beds- 10,529) along with 9,536 quarantine centres and 6,309 COVID Care Centres with 5,64,632 beds. India thus have the capacity to handle over 8.73 lakh patients, 16 times more than 53,946 patients already in the hospitals.
He said physical distancing and behaviour etiquettes are potent "social vaccines" for battling COVID-19. He said this fight can only be won with complete cooperation of everybody in the country and not to fall prey to misinformation, rumours and myths or unfounded claims regarding the viral diseases.
With due precautions, Dr Vardhan said safe handling and preparation of food can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has advised some simple steps that can be followed to ensure food-safety during COVID-19 like washing raw fruits and vegetables in clean potable water; fully cooking the meat; use of different chopping boards and knives for raw meat and cooked food; avoid sharing of food utensils, water bottles or cups; cleaning of surfaces such as tables with antibacterial bleach wipes.
He also laid stress on following the simple hygiene measures like washing hands with soap frequently for at least 20 seconds or using alcohol based sanitisers, not splitting in public, sanitising workplace, regularly touched surfaces, always using face covers in public spaces and ensuring proper respiratory hygiene. He advised to maintain "do gaz ki doori" (two yards distance) while interacting with others and avoiding the crowded places.



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