COVID19 mortality rate in India around 3.3%: Health ministry

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The Union Health Ministry on Saturday said the mortality rate for COVID-19 cases in India is around 3.3 per cent, while over 13 per cent patients have recovered so far.

Addressing a daily media briefing about the novelcoronavirus situation in the country, Joint Secretary in the Health MinistryLav Agarwal said data indicates that of the people who died due the infection14.4 per cent were between 0-45 years, 10.3 per cent between 45-60 years, 33.1per cent between 60-75 years and 42.2 per cent were aged 75 and above.

"We saw that 75.3 per cent deaths were among those aged60 or above and in 83 per cent cases there were co-morbidities," he saidand reiterated that the elderly and those with co-morbid conditions are at highrisk.

By Saturday evening, the death toll due to coronavirusinfection in India rose to 488, while the number of cases climbed to 14,792,according to data provided by the Centre.

While the number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 12,289,as many as 2,014 people have been cured of the disease and discharged, and onehad migrated, it said.

About containment strategies implemented along with thelockdown, Agarwal said field-level actions are fetching positive results inseveral places.

"A positive trend has been noted in 47 districts of 23states and Union Territories. Kodaggu in Karnataka is a new district added tothis list along with Mahe in Puducherry that has not reported any fresh casesduring the last 28 days," the official said.

Twenty-two new districts in 12 states have not reported anyfresh case in the last 14 days. These districts include Lakhisarai, Bhagalpurand Gopalganj in Bihar, Udaipur and Dholpur in Rajasthan, Pulwama in Jammu andKashmir, Rohtak in Haryana and Vishakhaptnam in Andhra Pradesh, Agarwal said.

He, however, stated that Patna in Bihar, Nadia in WestBengal and Panipat in Haryana where there were no COVID-19 positive cases inthe first two weeks, have now reported incidents of the infection.

Highlighting how continued efforts and cluster containmentstrategies have yielded positive results in Kerala's Kasargod district, theofficer said out of 168 COVID-19 cases there, 113 have already been cured.

"Most importantly, due to proper clinical management,not even one infected person died. The remaining 55 active cases are beingmonitored well."

Talking about the challenges the district faced, Agarwalsaid it had 15.38 per cent of abroad population.

The third case reported in India in February with a travelhistory from China was contained quickly. After the return of people from WestAsia on March 16 there was a sudden spurt in the number cases. Geographicposition of the district also posed a challenge, he said.

"They did monitored home quarantined people usinggeo-spatial tracking, and implemented break-the-chain campaign to promotesocial distancing, used drones and incident commanders. More than 17,300contacts were traced and quarantined, aggressive and quick testing was done,COVID Care Centres and ICU facilities were set up," Agarwal said.

One major intervention was that all primary and secondarycontacts and high-risk cases were quarantined in isolation centres, he said.Urging people to follow the lockdown andguidelines of social-distancing to contain the spread of the virus, the jointsecretary in the health ministry said, "We have to be on continuous vigilto fight this battle."

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