Coronavirus Latest News: The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday said that the country’s fatality rate has progressively declined to 2.10 per cent, the lowest since first lockdown. Also Read - 'I Never Wear Mask, so What,' Says Madhya Pradesh Home Minister; Tempers Remarks After Drawing Fire | WATCH
Addressing a press conference, Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary at the Ministry of Health, said this is the first time after the first lockdown that the fatality rate is at the lowest, at 2.10%. Also Read - 'We Are Going to Have to See What Happens': Trump Refuses to Commit to Peaceful Transfer of Power if he Loses
He said that at present, 5,86,298 active cases are in India and over 12 lakh people have recovered. “50% deaths due to COVID19 have taken place among the age group of 60 years or above and 37% deaths took place in the age group between 45 to 60 years,” he added. Also Read - India Corona Vaccine Latest News: Bharat Biotech's 'Covaxin' to be Tested For Phase-3 Trials in Uttar Pradesh | Read Here
Saying that more than 2 crore COVID-19 tests have been conducted so far, he said recovered cases are now double of the active cases.
“Cumulative positivity of India is 8.89%. States with positivity less than 10% are Punjab, Rajasthan, MP, UP, Haryana, Assam, West Bengal and Karnataka. Last week’s positivity of India was 11% which means a few states are showing rise in #COVID19 cases,” he added.
Talking about the vaccine for coronavirus, the ICMR said that Oxford vaccine, being manufactured by Serum Institute of India, got approval for phase 2 and 3 clinical trials, which are starting within a week at 17 sites.