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India's COVID-19 recovery rate at 97.31%, among highest in world: Health Ministry

The case fatality rate, "one of the lowest in the world", is on a constant decline since October 1, 2020, the ministry stressed.

February 14, 2021 / 03:55 PM IST
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The COVID-19 recovery rate in India, at 97.31 percent, is "amongst the highest in the world", the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said in a statement issued on February 14.

Over 1.06 crore persons, who contracted COVID-19 since the outbreak of the disease in March last year, have recovered so far. "The difference between recovered and active cases has grown to 1,04,74,164 today," the ministry said.

The recovery rate, at the start of April last year, was as low as 6.40 percent. Since then, the country has been recording a constant increase. The 90 percent-mark was breached in November, and the numbers crossed 97 percent earlier this week.

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The case fatality rate, "one of the lowest in the world", is on a constant decline since October 1, 2020, the government pointed out.

"India has been recording a steady decline in the number of daily new deaths. The case fatality rate today stands below 1.5 (1.43 percent)," the health ministry said.

On October 1 last year, the case fatality rate was recorded as 1.56 percent. It has decelerated to 1.43 percent, as recorded on February 14.

The number of daily deaths, on October 1, was recorded as 1,181. The same has dropped to 92, as recorded by the government in the last 24 hours.

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There are, currently, 1,37,567 active cases of coronavirus infections in the country which comprises 1.26 per cent of the total caseload that stands at 1,09,04,940.

A total of 12,194 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours, marginally higher than a day before.

The total death toll in India stood at 1,55,642. State-wise, the highest number of deaths - 51,489 - were reported in Maharashtra, followed by 12,413 in Tamil Nadu, 12,263 in Karnataka, 10,889 in Delhi, 10,230 in West Bengal, 8,699 in Uttar Pradesh and 7,162 in Andhra Pradesh.
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first published: Feb 14, 2021 03:55 pm

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