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India's Covid recovery rate rises to 67.62%, case fatality rate drops to 2.07%

There are 5,95,501 active cases of the disease in the country
A total of 6,64,949 tests were conducted on Wednesday

PTI   |   New Delhi   |   Published 06.08.20, 09:44 PM

The total number of recoveries among Covid-19 patients in India has jumped to 13,28,336, pushing the recovery rate to 67.62 per cent on Thursday, while the case fatality rate (CFR) has further dropped to 2.07 per cent, the Union health ministry said.

The recoveries exceeded active Covid-19 cases by 7,32,835, the ministry stated.


There are 5,95,501 active cases of the disease in the country, which as a percentage of the total cases has seen a “significant drop from 34.17 per cent on July 24 to 30.31 per cent as on date”, the ministry said.

Keeping the focus on the “test, track and treat” strategy, India has continued testing more than six lakh samples for the third consecutive day in a row.

According to a statement by the ministry, India’s resolve to rapidly increase the number of tests done per day has resulted in a successful march towards a testing capacity of 10 lakh per day with 6,64,949 tests conducted on Wednesday.

The cumulative testing has reached 2,21,49,351.

“The tests per million too have seen a sharp rise to 16,050. It is only by aggressive testing that positive cases can be identified, their contacts tracked and isolated as well as prompt treatment ensured,” the ministry said.

The lab network currently consists of 1,370 facilities with 921 labs of the government and 449 owned by private entities.

A total of 46,121 Covid-19 patients have been discharged in a span of 24 hours, the statement said.

“The recovery rate has continued its upward journey to reach another record high of 67.62 per cent amongst Covid-19 patients,” it said.

Under the Centre’s “whole-of-government approach”, the public and private sector resources have been combined towards the Covid-19 response and management, the ministry said.

Focused implementation of the “test, track and treat” strategy by the Union, state and Union Territory governments, ramped-up hospital infrastructure and testing facilities, and emphasis on treatment of hospitalised patients through the standard of care protocol advised by the Centre have effectively ensured that mortality of Covid-19 patients is contained, the ministry said in the statement.

“As a result, the CFR has been low when compared to the global scenario and it has been progressively falling. It stands at 2.07 per cent today,” the ministry said.

India saw a single-day spike of 56,282 cases, taking the country’s Covid-19 tally to 19,64,536, while the death toll due to the disease climbed to 40,699 with 904 new fatalities being reported in 24 hours, the data updated at 8am showed.

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