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Coronavirus Pandemic: India achieves major milestone in battle against COVID-19 virus

Sept. 15, 2020, 3:44 p.m.

New Delhi: Amid the raging coronavirus pandemic which is claiming thousands of victims every day and has devastated the economy, some good news has emerged for India.

According to data released by the Johns Hopkins University, India has managed to post the highest number of coronavirus patients who have managed to defeat the COVID-19 virus and have recovered from the deadly disease.

India is the second most affected country in the world with 49,30,236 confirmed coronavirus cases, of which 9,90,062 are active COVID-19 cases. The country has suffered  80,808 COVID-19 deaths so far.

However, in terms of coronavirus recoveries, India leads the world with a total of 38,59,399 people recovering from the COVID-19 virus.

The country’s recovery rate now stands at 77.99 percent, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), stated on Monday.

The five most affected countries in the world are the US, India, Brazil, Russia and Peru. 

 The overall number of global coronavirus cases has surpassed the 29.1 million mark, while the COVID-19 deaths have increased to over 927,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

As of Tuesday morning, the total number of coronavirus cases stood at 29,182,198 and the COVID-19 fatalities rose to 927,015, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

The US accounted for the world’s highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths at 6,553,303 and 194,489 respectively, according to the CSSE.

Brazil is the third most affected country with 43,49,544 reported cases.

Delhi has the highest recovery rate of 90.10 percent, followed by Tamil Nadu at 83.50 percent, Gujarat 79.40 percent, Telangana 77.40 percent, Rajasthan 76.80 percent, West Bengal 76.50 percent, Bihar 76.30 percent and Madhya Pradesh 75.80 percent.

 Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan pointed to the country’s ‘really low’ fatality rate and ‘healthy recovery rate’, which, he said, was the ‘best in the world’.

“As far as COVID-19 numbers are concerned, our fatality rate (1.87%) is really low and we have the best recovery rate (75%) in the world. We have around 1,500 testing labs now. It is a great achievement in itself,” the Union Health Minister said.

In 14 states, the number of recovered patients is more than those admitted to the hospital for COVID-19 treatment while 48 percent of those who contracted the disease have been cured. The highest recovery rate is in Punjab which has seen 86 percent of its patients leaving the hospital completely recovered, according to the health ministry.

Out of 2,301 coronavirus patients in the state, 2,000 have been cured. Only 256 active COVID-19 cases remain in the state.

The country’s recovery rate has now moved towards 76.98 percent. In India, more than 2,901,908 people have successfully managed to beat the infection. However, daily new recoveries are still not exceeding daily new cases, enough times to affect a significant decline in active cases.  

“A steady decline can be seen in the case fatality rate in the country. The relatively low death rate is attributed to the continued focus on surveillance, timely case identification and clinical management of the cases,” the ministry said.

Two specific trends are noticed, while the recovery rate is increasing on one hand, case fatality is going down on the other. The ministry also said that the testing capacity has increased in the country through 472 government and 204 private laboratories.

“Around 77,512 patients have been discharged in the last 24 hours. The total recovered cases are 37,80,107. The gap between recovered cases and active cases is consistently increasing. This has touched nearly 28 lakh today (27,93,509),” the health ministry said in a statement.

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