India has recorded the lowest daily growth rate in COVID-19 cases on Saturday since it crossed 100 cases, the centre revealed.
As of now, the average doubling rate of coronavirus cases in the country is 9.1 days from Friday 8 am to Saturday 8 am, India recorded a six percent growth in new cases, which is the lowest daily growth rate recorded since the country crossed 100 cases.
The figures were revealed during the 13th meeting of the High-level Group of Ministers (GoM) on COVID-19 was called under the chairpersonship of Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday.
The GOM was briefed on state-wise details of devoted COVID-19 hospitals, along with the sufficiency of isolation beds and wards, PPE kits, N95 masks, drugs, ventilators and oxygen cylinders, among others, the health ministry said.
Besides, the GoM was informed that domestic manufacturers, which were acknowledged earlier, have already started developing PPE kits and masks, and that an adequate quantity of the same was available.
“As on date, more than one lakh PPE kits and N95 masks are being manufactured every day in the country. There are, at present, 104 domestic manufacturers of PPE and three of N95 masks in the country,” the ministry said in a statement.
In addition, the manufacturing of ventilators vide domestic manufacturers have also begun and orders have been placed for more than 59,000 units through nine manufacturers, it added.
“The GoM was apprised that as of now, the death rate is around 3.1 percent while the recovery rate is more than 20 percent, which is comparatively better than most of the countries and may be taken as a positive effect of the lockdown in the country, along with the cluster management and containment strategy,” it added.