India saw the biggest single-day spike of coronavirus cases with over 5,600 people testing positive in 24 hours.
The Union Health Ministry on May 20 held a press conference on the COVID-19 situation in the state after a gap of nine days. During a briefing, joint secretary in the ministry Lav Agarwal informed that 6.39 percent of the total number of active COVID-19 cases in the country needed hospital support.
"Only around 6.39 percent of COVID-19 cases need either oxygen support or ICU or ventilator support; many people are recovering due to early identification. At the same time, we are also upgrading our healthcare infrastructure," Agarwal said.
Agarwal said the health ministry analysed the data from the recently released WHO situation report and found that while cases per lakh of world population stand at 62; in India, it was found that 7.9 people per lakh population were affected.
Here are all the latest updates:
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