Some states including Delhi, Madhya Pradesh are showing early signs of plateauing/decrease in daily COVID-19 new cases, but these are very early signals to analyse anything, the Union health ministry said on Monday after reviewing the COVID situation in the country. During a regular press conference, Lav Agarwal, Union Health Ministry Joint Secretary, also added, "Some states are showing increasing trends in COVID cases, these states should take required precautionary measures."
Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Haryana, Karnataka Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya are among those states, he stated.
About 1.10% collective fatality rate in the country, twelve states have over 1 lakh active COVID cases, 7 states have 50k to 1 lakh cases, while 17 states have less than 50,000 such infections, the health ministry added.
"We're seeing a positive approach in recoveries too. On May 2, the recovery rate was at 78% and on May 3 it climbed up to almost 82%. These are early gains on which we have to work on regularly," Agarwal informed the media.
To speed up oxygen supplies and making beds available for Covid patients, the ministry is planning to utilize gaseous oxygen for medical purposes.
"We're planning to make temporary COVID care centres with oxygenated beds around industrial units that make oxygen which is suitable for medical purposes and are near cities, we're planning to make temporary COVID care centres with oxygenated beds around them," added Agarwal.
In the last 24 hours, as many as 3,68,147 more people tested positive for Covid-19, pushing the cumulative caseload of the country to 1,99,25,604, said the Union health ministry on Monday morning, denoting a minimal decline in new infections as the country had passed the grim milestone of recording over 4 lakh cases on Saturday. Meanwhile, the fatality rate has gone up at the same time with 3,417 more people succumbed to the disease. The total death toll now stands at 2,18,959.