8 states account for 85% Coronavirus cases, 87% deaths: Health ministry tells GOM

While the number of coronavirus cases in India has crossed the 5 lakh-mark and is rising every day, these cases are largely concentrated in just eight states. During the 17th meeting of the Group of Ministers (GoM) on Covid-19 today, it was mentioned that eight Indian states account for 85.5 per cent of the country’s total coronavirus cases and 87 per cent deaths related to coronavirus.

It was mentioned that presently eight states (Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Telangana, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal) contribute 85.5 per cent of active caseload and 87 per cent of total deaths in India.

The GoM was told that as on date, 15 teams from the Centre, consisting of public health experts, epidemiologists, clinicians and a senior Joint Secretary, have been deployed to provide technical support to the states.

Besides this, another Central Team is currently visiting Gujarat, Maharashtra and Telangana to strengthen ongoing efforts for management of Covid-19.

“Dr Bhragava, DG (ICMR) gave a detailed presentation on the testing strategy of ICMR. He explained about the serological survey, and the increasing capacity for enhanced per day testing through various tests. The samples tested in the last 24 hours have increased to 2,20,479 taking the total cumulative number of samples tested, as on date, to 79,96,707,” the Health Ministry said in a statement.

Dr Bhargava said India now has 1,026 diagnostic labs dedicated to Covid-19. This includes 741 in the government sector and 285 private labs.

“The GoM was also apprised about the growing medical infrastructure in the country and was informed that as of June 27, the Covid-19 related health infrastructure has been strengthened with the availability of 1,039 dedicated Covid-19 hospitals with 1,76,275 isolation beds, 22,940 ICU beds and 77,268 oxygen supported beds; 2,398 dedicated Covid-19 health centres with 1,39,483 isolation beds, 11,539 ICU beds and 51,321 oxygen supported beds have also been operationalised,” the statement said.

The GoM, headed by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan held its virtual meeting today. Other key ministers who attended the meeting include External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Union Minister of Civil Aviation Hardeep Puri and Ashwini Kumar Choubey, MoS, Health & Family Welfare.

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