Health ministry says 29,557 patients recuperate from COVID-19 in 24 hours, recovery rate improves to 63.18%

The number of tests for detection of COVID-19 crossed 1.5 crore in India on Thursday while the number of cases have surged to 12.38,635

Press Trust of India July 23, 2020 18:23:03 IST
Health ministry says 29,557 patients recuperate from COVID-19 in 24 hours, recovery rate improves to 63.18%

As many as 29,557 COVID-19 patients have recuperated in the past 24 hours, the highest recorded in a day so far, taking the recovery rate to 63.18 percent, the Union Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

According to data updated at 8 am, total recoveries have surged to 7,82,606 and exceeded the active cases of COVID-19 by 3,56,439 as on date.

The number of tests for detection of COVID-19 has also crossed the 15-million mark as the number of cases surged to 12,38,635 on Thursday.

A total of 1,50,75,369 samples have been tested up to 22 July with 3,50,823 samples being tested on Wednesday, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) officials said.

"One million tests were done in three days till Wednesday. The testing capacity has been increased to around 4 lakh per day," scientist and media coordinator at ICMR Lokesh," Sharma said.

"While the total number of recovered cases has jumped to 7,82,606, there has been appreciable growth in the recovery rate, which stands at 63.18 percent," the ministry said.

This accomplishment can be attributed to the central government-led COVID-19 management strategies, it said.

Sustained efforts by the Centre, states and union territories (UTs) are resulting in more effective containment, aggressive testing, and prompt and efficient clinical treatment strategies.

These are guided by the teams of domain experts in the Ministry of Health such as the Joint Monitoring Group (JMG) and ably complemented by the technical experts at AIIMS-New Delhi, centres of excellence in various states and UTs, ICMR and the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

The Union Government continues to coordinate with the efforts of the states and UTs by sending central teams of experts to areas witnessing increase in caseload and hand-holding of COVID-19 hospitals in states through the tele-consultation programme led by AIIMS, New Delhi, the ministry said.

"These combined efforts have resulted in Case Fatality Rate being managed at low levels. It is 2.41 percent, as on date, and steadily declining," it said.

This has also helped in reducing the actual caseload of COVID-19 cases which remains confined to 4,26,167 active patients only.

With the highest-ever single-day spike of 45,720 cases, India's COVID-19 tally crossed the 12-lakh mark on Thursday, while the death toll mounted to 29,861 with a record 1,129 fatalities reported in 24 hours, according to the updated data at 8 am.

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