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Monday, 3 August 2020

Haryana shows marked upturn in cure curve

Sushil Manav

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 2

Haryana witnessed a marked improvement in the recovery rate of coronavirus patients in the past two months from 44.78 per cent on June 1 to 80.73 per cent by July-end.

Not only this, the fatality rate in the state has come down from 1.61 per cent on July 1 to 1.23 per cent on July 31, while the positivity rate came down from 5.91 per cent on July 15 to 5.76 per cent by the end of July.

Daily testing

  • March 30
  • April 880
  • May 2,930
  • June 4,930
  • July 10,930

Although Haryana has witnessed a surge in Covid-19 cases after the lockdown, primarily because of NCR districts, the state has seen a decline in the growth rate from 15.18 per cent during the first 15 days of June to 6.23 per cent during the last 15 days of June. The growth rate per day decreased further to 3.73 per cent in the first 15 days of July and dipped to 2.74 during the last fortnight of July.

The Covid-19 status report prepared by the Haryana Health Department shows that the doubling rate, which is the number of days in which virus cases double up, was 5 during the first 15 days of June, but it went up to 12 in the last fortnight of June, 19 days in the first 15 days of July and 25 days by the end of July.

Rajeev Arora, Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department, said the state had taken a series of measures for improvement of various parameters, which include ramping up testing, isolation of patients and hospitalisation of moderate and severe cases.

By the end of July, Haryana conducted 6.12 lakh tests.

The increase in the testing in the state can be gauged from the fact that from 30 tests a day in March, it increased to 880 in April, 2,930 in May, 4,930 in June and 10,930 tests in July.

Meanwhile, Haryana is expecting nearly 13,000 fresh cases of virus in the first 15 days of this month, as the gap analysis of the health department has forecasted 47,827 projected cases by August 15.

Of these, the number of active cases has been projected at 16,739 against 6,250 active cases on July 31. "We are fully prepared for the projected cases. As per projections, we will need 1,004 beds with oxygen support, 502 ICU beds and 167 ventilators on August 15, but we have 5,908 beds with oxygen support, 2,216 ICU beds and 1,080 ventilators with us," said Arora.

from The Tribune

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