NEW DELHI: Only 0.35% of Covid-19 patients are on ventilators, less than 1.9% cases in ICUs and 2.8% cases on oxygen beds, while the actual case load in the country is over 3.4 lakh, the health ministry said on Friday. Almost 80% of asymptomatic and mild cases have been advised home isolation under medical supervision, officials said.
Officials said effective clinical management strategies have shown to yield positive results and maintain limited number of serious cases as well as mortality. Recovered cases stood at 6.35 lakh.
“The strategy of home isolation for mild and asymptomatic patients has ensured to keep the hospitals unburdened, where the focus has been on treatment of severe cases and reduction of fatality,” an official said.
The ministry said medical infrastructure to ensure quality treatment is being continuously augmented across the country, with India now having 1,383 ‘Dedicated Covid Hospitals’, 3,107 ‘Dedicated Covid Healthcare Centres’, and 10,382 ‘Covid Care Centres’.
“Together, they have a capacity of 46,673 ICU beds. About 21,848 ventilators are deployed in the hospitals in all states. We are receiving no reports of shortage of N95 masks and PPE kits with the Centre having supplied 235.6 lakh N95 masks and 124.3 lakh PPE kits to States/UTs/Central institutions so far,” the ministry said.


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