Growth rate of new Covid-19 cases that stabilize for a time: Harsh Vardhan

NEW DELHI: The Union Health Minister said Sunday that the growth rate of new Covid-19 cases has been stable for a time and that the recovery rate has improved, adding that India is on the way of success and you will win the war against the pandemic.

He said around 10,000 Covid-19 patients have so far recovered.

The recovery rate of Covid-19 patients has steadily increased, showing that more and more patients are improving and returning home, he said.

The growth rate of new cases has also been stable for a time, Vardhan said.

According to data received on Sunday, for the past three days, the virus's duplication rate is 12.0, for seven days it is 11.7 and for 14 days it is 10.4, the minister said in a statement.

We have crossed over 10 lakh tests to date and are currently running more than 74,000 tests in one day, he said.

The minister added that the government has distributed around 20 lakh PPE kits across India and has supplied drugs [both hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and paracetamol (PCM)] to more than 100 countries.

He said that India is in a better position compared to other nations, adding that the country is capable of carrying out any eventuality with more than 2.5 lakh beds in dedicated Covid-19 and health centers.

Vardhan also urged people to observe the extensive 3.0 lockdown period (until May 17) in letter and spirit and treat it as an effective intervention to reduce the Covid-19 chain of transmission.

We are on the path to success and we will win this war against Covid-19, he said.

The health minister urged people not to exclude doctors treating Covid-19 patients or to stigmatize patients who have won the battle against the deadly disease.

They are our heroes and they need decent treatment, he said.

The minister also had a word of praise for the crown warriors.

Today, the Indian Air Force is recognizing these warriors, across the country, by spraying them with flower petals through helicopters, he said.

Fighter jets and transport planes of the Indian Air Force carried out air flights over major cities and towns, while military helicopters dropped petals at major hospitals across the country as part of a mega exercise to express gratitude thousands of doctors, paramedics and other front-line workers fighting the pandemic.

Vardhan said India's fight with Covid-19 is praised not only by WHO, but by the whole world in unison.

He also visited Lady Hardinge Medical College (), one of the oldest and most established medical colleges in India, to review the status of Covid-19's management.

In the Covid-19 block at the hospital, Vardhan spoke by video call to two internal doctors who became infected with the virus while treating patients at LHMC and were admitted to the center.

He also interacted with two patients admitted to the Covid-19 room through the digital platform, who, in turn, informed him about the facilities in the coronavirus room.

“In the past few days, I have been visiting various hospitals such as AIIMS (Delhi), LNJP, RML, Safdarjung, AIIMS Jhajjar, Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty and now LHMC to review the preparation of Covid-19 and I am satisfied with the arrangements made. by these hospitals to effectively deal with the outbreak, he said.

He said there are 130 critical point districts, 284 non-critical districts and 319 uninfected districts.

According to the health ministry, the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country is 39,980.