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India’s COVID-19 recovery rate nears 75%, case fatality rate at 1.86%: Govt

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New Delhi:  Recoveries among COVID-19 patients in the country surged to 22,80,566 on Sunday, pushing India’s recovery rate to nearly 75 per cent, while the case fatality rate reduced to 1.86 per cent — one of the lowest globally, the Union health ministry said.

The constantly rising number of recoveries has ensured that the active cases of coronavirus infection, which is the “actual caseload” of the country, currently comprises only 23.24 per cent of the total cases, it said.

“This has also resulted in a gradually falling mortality rate. Currently at 1.86 per cent, India’s case fatality rate (CFR) is one of the lowest globally,” the ministry said.

With 57,989 patients recuperating from COVID-19 in a day, recoveries have surged to 22,80,566 and exceed the total number of active cases of coronavirus infection by nearly 16 lakh (1,572,898). The national recovery rate has increased to 74.90 per cent.

The ministry said the average daily number of recoveries is on a “constant upward move” from 15,018 between July 1 and 7 to 60,557 between August 13 and 19.

The increasing recovery rate and declining case fatality rate have been made possible because of “comprehensive and sustained effectiveness of the Centre’s policy of testing aggressively, tracking comprehensively and treating efficiently”.

“Higher number of recoveries and declining mortality rate among COVID patients have shown that India’s graded and pro-active strategies are delivering results on the field,” the ministry underlined.

A single-day spike of 69,239 infections took India’s COVID-19 caseload to 30,44,940, while 912 fatalities in a span of 24 hours pushed the death toll to 56,706, official data updated at 8 am showed.

Total 3.52 cr samples tested for COVID-19, average daily positive rate dips to 7.67% in past week

New Delhi:  Testing over eight lakh samples for six days in a row, India’s total COVID-19 tests have touched 3.52 crore, while the average daily positivity rate has come down from 9.67 per cent during August 3-9 to 7.67 pc over the last week, the Centre said on Sunday.

So far, 3,52,92,220 samples have been tested for detection of COVID-19 with 8,01,147 being tested on Saturday.

The steep rise in testing is a result of effective implementation of the aggressive testing strategy of the Centre through a focussed and graded approach, the ministry said.

“The rising average daily tests during the past three weeks present a strong depiction of the progress made in the enhancement of COVID-19 tests across the country. The rise in daily testing has been followed by a decrease in the average daily positivity rate,” the health ministry highlighted.

Keeping a sharp focus on the ‘test, track and treat’ policy, tests per million population have seen a boost, touching 25,574 as on date.

“It is only by aggressive testing that positive cases can be identified, their contacts tracked in a timely manner and promptly isolated, as well as the severe and critical patients provided the needed clinical treatment,” the ministry said.

The testing strategy also ensured a steady expansion of the laboratory network. Today, with 983 labs in the government sector and 532 private labs, a total of 1515 labs are providing comprehensive testing facilities to the people, it said.

With a single-day spike of 69,239 infections, India’s COVID-19 caseload mounted to 30,44,940, while the death toll climbed to  56,706 with 912 fatalities being reported in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed.

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