Across the country, there a total 2,83, 407 active cases of Covid-19

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday appreciated the concerted efforts of the Centre, state and local authorities in containing the Covid-19 pandemic in Delhi. He said this while taking stock of the situation in the various parts of the country.

He further directed that a similar approach should be adopted with other state governments in containing the Covid-19 pandemic in the entire NCR area.

Reiterating the need to observe personal hygiene and social discipline in public places, the Prime Minister said awareness about Covid-19 should be disseminated widely and also continuous emphasis should be laid on preventing spread of the infection.

During the review meet, where Prime Minister directed the real time national level monitoring and guidance to all affected states and places with high test positive rate, successful example of surveillance and home based care through ‘Dhanvantri Rath’ in Ahmedabad was highlighted.

In the pursuit of an effective treatment for Covid-19, there have been reports of some doctors or hospitals resorting to repurposing of drugs which are not a part of the main clinical management protocol.

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, any drug or drugs which are not part of the main clinical management can be used in specific sub-groups of patients on the basis of informed and shared decision making with the patient before prescribing these drugs

The Health Ministry underlined that for moderate and severe cases, adequate oxygen support, appropriate and timely administration of anticoagulants and widely available and inexpensive corticosteroids, in accordance with the protocol, can be considered to be the mainstay of COVID-19 therapy.

For mild cases, which are nearly 80% of the total cases, Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) has been recommended. The standard of care treatment strategies have shown to yield positive results.

In the meantime, a series of pro-active, pre-emptive and coordinated measures have been taken by the Centre and the state governments for containment and prevention of COVID-19.

Coupled with effective implementation of containment zones, surveillance activities, timely diagnosis and effective clinical management of COVID-19 cases, the cumulative total number of recovered cases among COVID-19 patients has crossed the 5 lakh mark today. 5,15,385 COVID-19 patients have so far been cured and discharged. The recovered cases outnumber the COVID-19 active cases by 2,31,978.

With this progressively widening gap, the recovery rate has further improved to 62.78 percent. During the last 24 hours, 19,870 COVID-19 patients have been cured and discharged