India’s COVID 19 pandemic growth has dropped to 2%: Dr Harsh Vardhan

New Delhi: Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan said India’s COVID 19 pandemic growth has dropped to 2 per cent.

The Union Minister said the Case Fatality Rate is amongst lowest in the world at 1.45%.

Chairing the 22nd meeting of the high-level Group of Ministers (GoM) on COVID-19 by a video-conference, here on Saturday, Dr Harsh Vardhan expressed deep gratitude to all the COVID warriors who have been steadfast in their duty without any fatigue throughout the pandemic which is in its twelfth month.

The Union Minister said :“India’s Recovery Rate has peaked to 95.46% while the strategy of testing 1 million samples has decreased the Cumulative Positivity Rate to 6.25%”.

Dr Sujeet K Singh, Director (NCDC) presented a detailed report on how the data driven graded government policies have helped India achieve a significant control over the pandemic.

He showed figures related to number of cases, number of deaths, their growth rate and how they compared favourably to the rest of the world which is witnessing a meteoric rise in these parameters.

Through a detailed presentation, Dr Vinod K Paul, Member (H) NITI Aayog apprised the GoM on three critical aspects of vaccination; the process of pre-clinical and clinical trial of all vaccines, the details of the six vaccine candidates undergoing trial in India (in terms of composition, manufacturers and technical partners, numbers of doses, conditions for storage and efficacy) and the composition of target populations in India, in terms of age, occupation and co-morbidities and how they compare with other countries and WHO’s recommendations.

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan noted the importance of Health Seeking Behaviour among the population as a key driver in checking fatality.

People in States/UTs with a vibrant public healthcare system are tracked and encouraged to be tested by grassroots health workers which inhibits the progress of COVID in the patient to an advanced stage which allows these States to keep their fatality rate at minimum.