Over 58% pa­tients cured of Covid in In­dia, re­cov­ery rate im­prov­ing: Cen­tre

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTSPOTLIGH­T - HT Correspond­ent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEWDEHI: In­dia’s Covid-19 re­cov­ery rate rose to 58.56% on Sun­day with the dif­fer­ence be­tween the re­cov­ered and ac­tive cases cross­ing 100,000, the Union health min­istry said on Sun­day.

“The re­cov­ered cases have ex­ceeded the ac­tive cases by 106,661 as on Sun­day. Thus, so far, a to­tal of 3,09,712 pa­tients have been cured of Covid-19. The re­cov­ery rate is 58.56% amongst Covid-19 pa­tients. Dur­ing the last 24 hours, a to­tal of 13,832 Covid-19 pa­tients have been cured. Presently, there are 2,03,051 ac­tive cases and all are un­der ac­tive med­i­cal su­per­vi­sion,” said the min­istry in a statement.

“In­dia’s re­cov­ery rate has been steadily go­ing up, which is good news. More than 50% of those hav­ing tested pos­i­tive have re­cov­ered and taken out of ac­tive med­i­cal su­per­vi­sion,” said a se­nior health min­istry of­fi­cial on con­di­tion of anonymity.

Ex­perts said ris­ing re­cov­er­ies may sug­gest that the out­break was sta­bil­is­ing.

“When the num­ber of those in­fected in a day is the same as num­ber of peo­ple re­cov­er­ing then it usu­ally high­lights the fact that the dis­ease out­break is go­ing to sta­bi­lize and start de­clin­ing in some time, un­less some other vari­ables come in such as float­ing pop­u­la­tion or new births that change the en­tire dy­nam­ics,” said Dr Ju­gal Kishore, pro­fes­sor and head, com­mu­nity medicine depart­ment, Saf­dar­jung Hos­pi­tal.

The gov­ern­ment has fo­cussed on ag­gres­sive test­ing, with the In­dian Coun­cil of Med­i­cal Re­search (ICMR) adding more lab­o­ra­to­ries and in­tro­duc­ing newer test­ing tech­niques. In­dia’s cur­rent ca­pac­ity is about 350,000 a day, with 200,000 sam­ples tested daily on av­er­age.

In the past 24 hours, 231,095 sam­ples were tested in 1,036 di­ag­nos­tic labs ded­i­cated for Covid-19, in­clud­ing 749 gov­ern­ment fa­cil­i­ties and 287 pri­vate labs.

The to­tal num­ber of sam­ples tested stands at 8.2 mil­lion since › the first sam­ple was tested on Jan­uary 22.

The re­cov­ered cases have ex­ceeded the ac­tive cases by 106,661 as on Sun­day. Thus, so far, a to­tal of 309,712 pa­tients have been cured of Covid. HEALTH MIN­ISTRY STATEMENT

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