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New Delhi, Oct 13 : Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday chaired the 21st meeting of the high-level Group of Ministers (GoM) on Covid-19, by video conference.
At the outset, he offered salutations to all the Covid-19 warriors who have been steadfastly fighting against the pandemic since many months. He also informed his colleagues of the sturdy public health response mounted by India in its fight against the pandemic and the encouraging results so far.
“With 62,27,295 recovered cases, India has the highest recovery rate of 86.78 per cent in the world. Fatality Rate of 1.53 per cent is the lowest in the world and we are reporting the three-days Doubling Time has been successfully raised to 74.9 days.” “A total of 1,927 labs at present have led to an upsurge in testing. India’s testing capacity has been hiked to 1.5 million tests per day. Close to 11 lakh samples were tested in the last 24 hours,” he added.
External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep S. Puri, Minister of Civil Aviation, Shipping Minister Mansukh Lal Mandaviya, Minister of State for Health Ashwini Kumar Choubey, NITI Aayog’s Member (Health) Vinod K. Paul were also present.
Harsh Vardhan, who is the Chairperson of the GoM, reiterated his concern and appeal to everyone regarding observance of Covid appropriate behaviour during the forthcoming festival season and the winter months, when the likelihood of an increase in the disease is high.


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