COVID-19 Update: Active cases come down to less than 7 lakhs
India has also reached a milestone in its fight against COVID-19 by testing over 10 crore people so far
Bringing down the percentage of the active COVID-19 cases further, India has been able to keep the figure below 7 lakhs for the first time in two months. The recovery rate has reached a high of 89.53 per cent.
According to the latest data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the active cases in the country stand at 6,95,509 which account for 8.96 per cent of the total cases. It is the lowest since August 22, when India had around 6,97,330 active cases in the country.
With this, the daily average recoveries continue to surpass the daily reported cases. India in the past 24 hours reported 73,979 recoveries which took the number of total recoveries to 69,48,497.
In a statement, the ministry said, “Enhanced countrywide medical infrastructure, implementation of the Centre’s Standard Treatment Protocol by the States/UTs, and total dedication & commitment of doctors, paramedics and frontline workers have led to a persistent increase in the number of total recoveries with commensurate dip in the fatality rate. Today it stands at 1.51%. These have together resulted in a consistent slide in the active cases.”
The maximum number of recoveries were reported from Maharashtra which reported around 16,177 recoveries in the past 24 hours followed by Karnataka with 13,217 and Kerala with 7,593.
Similarly, Tamil Nadu also reported 4,314 recoveries in the same period of time. While Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal reported over 3,000 recoveries each, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh reported over 2,000 recoveries each.
Apart from that, India reached another milestone in the COVID-19 testing by testing over 10 crore people so far. India, in the past 24 hours tested around 14,42,722 samples taking the total tests to 10,01,13,085.
The Health Ministry said, “The country’s testing capacities have multiplied manifold with nearly 2000 labs across the country and with collaborative efforts of the Centre and State/UT governments. More than 15 lakh samples can be tested every day. Progressive countrywide expansion in testing infrastructure has played a crucial role in the steep rise of testing numbers. With 1989 testing labs in the country including 1122 Government laboratories and 867 Private laboratories, the daily testing capacity has got a substantial boost.”
On the other hand, India reported 54,366 cases and 690 deaths in the past 24 hours. The highest number of cases were reported from Maharashtra which reported over 7,539 cases and 198 deaths. Kerala also reported 7,482 cases and 23 deaths in the past 24 hours.
Karnataka reported 5,778 cases and 74 deaths while West Bengal reported 4,157 cases and 64 deaths. Delhi was among the top five and reported around 3,882 cases and 35 deaths and the past 24 hours.
With new cases, the total number of cases in the country reached 77,61,312 cases out of which over 1,17,306 people have lost their lives.