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Early Detection is Saving Lives – India’s Case Fatality Rate Tells the Story

Case Fatality Rate

Amidst the spike in daily Corona infections in India, what has kept India moving is the fact that it is at the forefront of saving lives in this pandemic phase. As the recent release from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare notes, the Case Fatality Rate is progressively falling and currently, it is 2.49%. India has one of the lowest fatality rates in the world.

It tells a number of things:

  • India’s containment strategy is effective
  • The early detection of the positive cases resulted in quick treatment at the initial stage itself, whether by admitting to COVID care centers or providing medicine to mild cases by putting them in-home quarantine. This, in turn, ensured that a large number of populations affected with the virus need not reach the complicated stage, thereby saving lives.
  • The many States have conducted the population surveys to map and identify the vulnerable population like the elderly, pregnant women, and those with co-morbidities.
  • Through Arogya Setu app, the Centre demonstrated how technology can be leveraged effectively for contact tracing and containment. Then onwards, many states have evolved their own technological avenues along with Aarogya Setu. Technological adoption has helped in keeping the high-risk population under continuous observation, thus aiding early identification, timely clinical treatment, and reducing fatalities.
  • Frontline health workers like ASHAs and ANMs have done a commendable job of managing the migrant population and to enhance awareness at the community level.
  • The Centre constantly provided expert guidance and other assistance to the States. It chipped in wherever the local administration struggled to contain the virus. Delhi is a case in point in this regard. The situation in the national capital came under control once the Centre stepped in to address the anomalies.

There are 29 States and UTs with CFR lower than the India average. 5 States and UTs have a CFR of Zero. 14 States and UTs have a CFR of less than 1%.