New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Amid the alarming rise in the number of coronavirus cases in the country, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday said that eight states – including Delhi and Maharashtra – account for 87 per cent of COVID-19 deaths in India and 85.5 per cent of the active coronavirus infection caseload.

According to the Union Home Ministry, the eight states that account for 85 per cent coronavirus cases in India are Maharashtra, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal.

This comes at a time when the number of coronavirus cases in India have crossed the grim mark of 5 lakh cases while the death toll has climbed to 15,000.

However, the government has asserted that India is in a better position than other countries due to the timely-imposed lockdown and the slew of measures taken by it to control the deadly pathogen in the nation.

The government has also informed that the recovery rate in the country is more than 58 per cent while the doubling time of coronavirus cases has improved to 19 days. It had further said that the mortality rate in India is around 3 per cent.

"Around 3 lakh of the total COVID-19 patients have been cured. Majority of the rest of infected patients are on the road to recovery. Our mortality rate is around 3 per cent which is the lowest in the world," said Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan.

Meanwhile, the central government said that 15 teams consisting of public health experts, epidemiologists, clinicians and a senior joint secretary-level officer have been deployed to provide technical support to the states which account for most COVID-19 cases in India.

The Centre has further asked states and union territories (UTs) for strict containment measures and surveillance and utilise full testing capacity and focus on monitoring of co-morbid and elderly population and predicting emerging hotspots leveraging digital tools such as Aarogya Setu.

India is currently the fourth worst affected country in the world by the novel coronavirus after the US, Brazil and Russia. The deadly virus has affected over 5 lakh people in the country so far. According to Union Health Ministry, it took 110 days for coronavirus infections in the country to reach one lakh while just 39 days more to go past the five lakh-mark on June 27. The first COVID-19 case was recorded on January 30 in Kerala.

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma