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‘We’re far from the peak’: ICMR expert on Covid-19 crisis in India

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
Jun 02, 2020 05:27 PM IST

The expert said that India’s measures to curtail the disease have been effective.

India is far from the Covid-19 peak, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) expert Dr Nivedita Gupta said during a joint briefing of the ICMR and Ministry of Health briefing on Covid-19 on Tuesday.

ICMR expert Dr Nivedita Gupta.(ANI)
ICMR expert Dr Nivedita Gupta.(ANI)

The expert said that India’s measures to curtail the disease have been effective and had been very good in the reduction in mortality.

 

“Instead of the use of the word ‘community transmission’, we need to understand the extent of the spread of the disease. We are far from the peak,” she said.

During the briefing, Ministry of Health, joint secretary, Lav Agarwal said that the Covid-19 fatality rate in India is 2.82%, one of the lowest in the world.

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“73% of Covid-19 deaths in India are in people with co-morbidities,” Agrawal stated, adding that 10% of India’s population accounts for 50% of India’s Covid-19 linked deaths. Agarwal said that, till now, 95,527 coronavirus patients have recovered across the country. “The recovery rate is now 48.07%,” he added.

The officials also said that Covid-19 testing has been ramped up in the country. “Today, we are conducting 1 lakh 20 thousand tests every day,” Gupta said.

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Agarwal said that states governments have been asked to analyse the trajectory of Covid-19 cases. “If a state thinks that it needs to set up temporary Covid-19 care centres then it must do so,” he stated.

India’s Covid-19 cases touched 198,706 on Tuesday. While 95,526 people have recovered or have been discharged from hospitals across India, 5,598 have lost their lives.

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