India much better placed than other nations in fight against COVID-19: PM
   Date :28-Jun-2020

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NEW DELHI,
 
PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that India fared much better compared to some other countries in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The Prime Minister made this observation while delivering the inaugural address to mark the 90th birthday celebrations of Reverend Dr Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan. “Earlier this year, some people had predicted that the impact of the virus in India would be very severe. Due to lockdown, many initiatives have been taken by the Government and in this people-driven fight, India is much better placed than many other nations.
 
India’s recovery rate is rising,” Modi said in his virtual address. He further warned that the time was not apt to “let our guard down”. The Prime Minister greeted the Mar Thoma Metropolitan and wished him a “long life and best health.” “Dr Joseph Mar Thoma has devoted his life for the betterment of our society and nation. He has been particularly passionate about the removal of poverty and women empowerment,” the Prime Minister said. Praising the Mar Thoma Church for its contributions to the country the Prime Minister added that it has worked to bring a positive difference in the lives of people in the country in areas of healthcare and education.
 
India’s COVID-19 recovery rate over 58%: Health Minister
 
NEW DELHI :
 
UNION Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Saturday said that the COVID-19 recovery rate has surged over 58 per cent in the country with around 3 lakh cured and discharged patients. “Our recovery rate has gone above 58 per cent and out of the total five lakh confirmed patients around 3 lakh people have recovered from COVID-19.
 
The rest are also on the road to recovery and will hopefully return to their homes safe and sound,” Dr Harsh Vardhan said. He further said that 85 per cent of the patients came from eight States and Union Territories and not just this “over 87 per cent of the unfortunate deaths due to the disease also came from these eight States.” “Our mortality/fatality rate is near 3 per cent which is very less. Our doubling rate has come down to nearly 19 days, which was 3 days before the lockdown,” Dr Harsh Vardhan said. He said that the testing facilities have been ramped up significantly in the country and on Friday alone over 2,30,000 tests were conducted in the 1,026 approved labs in the country.
 
Earlier in the day, a Group of Ministers (GoM) meeting under the chairmanship of Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan was being held through video conferencing. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri were also present in the meeting. India on Saturday crossed 5 lakh-mark with record highest spike of 18,552 cases of coronavirus reported in the country in the past 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry.
 
Also, with 384 fatalities in the past 24 hours, the total deaths climbed to 15,685. It took 110 days for coronavirus infection in the country to reach one lakh while just 39 days more to go past the five lakh-mark on June 27. With this, the total number of active cases is 1,97,387 while a total of 2,95,880 people have been cured or discharged from hospitals.