Covid-19: India’s Recovery Rate inches towards 75%

Recoveries exceed the Active Cases by nearly 16 lakh

GN Bureau | August 24, 2020


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A consistently increasing number of recoveries has pushed India’s Recovery Rate amongst the Covid-19 patients to nearly 75%.

With the recoveries of 57,989 patients in the 24 hours to Sunday morning, the total number of recoveries reached 22,80,566. India’s total recoveries now exceed the total active cases (7,07,668) by nearly 16 lakh, the health ministry said in a bulletin.

The average daily number of recoveries is on a constant upward move from 15,018 (1-7 July) to 60,557 during 19-13 August. The constantly increasing recoveries have ensured that the actual caseload of the country – the active cases – has reduced and currently comprises only 23.24% of the total positive cases. This has also resulted in gradually falling mortality rate.

Currently at 1.86%, India’s Case Fatality Rate (CFR) is one of the lowest globally. It has been made possible because by comprehensive and sustained effectiveness of the policy of testing aggressively, tracking comprehensively & treating efficiently.

A higher number of recoveries and a declining mortality rate among patients have shown that India's graded and pro-active strategies are delivering results on the field.

Testing spree continues
Starting from one test in January 2020 through a single lab in Pune, India has exceeded cumulative tests of more than 3.5 crore. Consistently testing more than 8 lakh tests since the last six days, with 8,01,147 Covid-19 tests in the 24 hours to Sunday morning, the total has touched 3,52,92,220.

The steep rise in the testing is a result of effective implementation of the aggressive testing strategy of the Centre through a focussed and graded approach. The rising average daily tests during the past three weeks present a strong depiction of the progress made in enhancement of tests across the country.
The rise in the daily testing has been followed by decrease in the average daily positivity rate.

Keeping a sharp focus on the “Test, Track and Treat” policy, the Tests Per Million have seen a boost touching 25,574. It is only by aggressive testing that the 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 testing strategy also ensured a steady expansion of the national lab network. Today, with 983 labs in the government sector and 532 private labs, 1515 labs are providing comprehensive testing facilities to the people.

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