Over 1 lakh patients cured in past 24 hrs, India's COVID-19 recovery rate rises to 80.86%; total cases at 55.62 lakh
With 75,809 new COVID-19 cases being reported, the overall figure reached 55,62,663. The case fatality rate stands at 1.6 percent
New Delhi: India reported over 1 lakh coronavirus recoveries in a single-day for the first time, improving the recovery rate to 80.86 percent, while fresh infections also dropped below 76,000 after two weeks, according to the Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday.
The data updated at 8 am showed that during the past 24 hours, 1,01,468 COVID-19 patients recuperated, while 75,809 new cases were recorded, pushing the overall figures to 55,62,663 infections and 44,97,867 recoveries.
Also, 1,053 patients died during the period, taking the cumulative figure to 88,935, the data showed, reporting a COVID-19 case fatality rate of 1.60 percent.
There are 9,75,861 active coronavirus cases in the country, which make 17.54 percent of the total caseload, the data stated.
India's single-day coronavirus cases had dipped below 76,000 on 8 September, when 75,809 cases were reported.
India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on 7 August, 30 lakh on 23 August, 40 lakh on 5 September and it went past 50 lakh on 16 September.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, a cumulative 6,53,25,779 samples have been tested up to 21 September - 9,33,185 of them on Monday.
The 1,053 new deaths include 344 from Maharashtra, 122 from Karnataka, 88 from Uttar Pradesh, 62 from West Bengal, 60 from Tamil Nadu, 51 from Andhra Pradesh, 47 from Punjab, 37 from Madhya Pradesh and 32 from Delhi.
A total of 88,935 deaths reported so far includes 33,015 from Maharashtra, followed by 8,871 from Tamil Nadu, 8,145 from Karnataka, 5,410 from Andhra Pradesh, 5,135 from Uttar Pradesh, 5,014 from Delhi, 4,421 from West Bengal, 3,336 from Gujarat, 2,860 from Punjab and 2,007 from Madhya Pradesh.
The health ministry stressed that more than 70 percent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.
"Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research," the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.
As per the affidavit, deaths due to poisoning, suicide, homicide and accident, among others, will not be considered as COVID-19 deaths, even if COVID-19 is an accompanying condition
According to the guidelines, those COVID-19 cases would be considered which have been diagnosed through RT-PCR test, molecular test, rapid-antigen test or clinically determined through investigations at a hospital or in-patient facility by a treating physician
The figures are based on data collated between 18 April and 15 August this year. ICMR chief Balram Bhargava mentioned that the vaccines have a 'protective effect against death' across age groups