No traces of Corona in 22 districts in 12 states including Vizag: Centre

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Joint Secretary Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Luv Aggarwal is seen briefing media in New Delhi today

The number of COVID-19 positive cases stands at 14,378 as on date, while 1,992 people or 13.85% of total cases have recovered. In the last 24 hours, 991 new cases and 43 deaths have been reported. In total, 480 people in the country have died of COVID-19.

This was informed by the Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Luv Aggarwal, at the daily media briefing on the actions taken, preparedness and updates on COVID-19, held at National Media Centre, New Delhi today.

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The Joint Secretary further informed that the implementation of the action plan is already yielding good results. Kodagu or Coorg (Karnataka) is a new district along with Mahe (Puducherry) where no fresh cases have been reported during the last 28 days.

In addition to the previous day’s list, 22 districts in 12 states have come up where no positive case has been reported in the last 14 days. These districts include Lakhisarai, Gopalgunj and Bhagalpur in Bihar; Udaipur and Dholpur in Rajasthan; Pulwama in J&K, Thoubal in Manipur; Chitradurga in Karnataka; Hoshiarpur in Punjab; Rohtak and Charkhi Dadri in Haryana; Lohit in Arunachal Pradesh; Bhadrak and Puri in Odisha, Karimgunj, Golaghat, Kamrup Rural, Nalbari and South Salmara in Assam; Jalpaiguri and Kalimpong in West Bengal and Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. At the same time, three districts – Patna in Bihar, Nadia in West Bengal and Panipat in Haryana have reported positive cases after a gap of 14 days.

Presenting an analysis of the deaths so far, Aggarwal highlighted that the data on deaths reported so far reinforces that elderly people and people with comorbidities are at higher risk. The mortality rate so far has been 3.3%. Further, 14.4% of the deceased were in the age group of 0-45 years, 10.3% in the age group of 45 – 60 years, 33.1% in the age group of 60 – 75 years and 42.2% above 75 years. This shows that 75.3% of the dead were above 60 years of age. Further, 83% of the deceased had comorbidities, he added. In view of this, he urged that all family members should follow social distancing norms because senior citizens can get infected from other members of the house or family.