India's COVID-19 recovery rate has improved from 15 percent on April 19 to 24.56 percent as of Wednesday, Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said. He also stressed on the need to keep working tirelessly on states and districts with high load of cases to further improve the recovery rate.
"Happy to note that with 7700 + recoveries, our COVID-19 recovery rate has improved. It was 15 percent on 19 April, 19.2 percent on 26 April and 24.56 percent today. We must keep working tirelessly on high case load states and districts to further improve our recovery rate," Kant said in a tweet.
Death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 1,008 and the number of cases climbed to 31,787 in the country on Wednesday, registering a record jump of 71 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the health ministry.
There has been a spike of 1,813 cases since Tuesday evening.
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Active COVID-19 cases stand at 22,982, while 7,796 people have recovered, and one patient has migrated, the ministry said.
"Thus, around 24.52 percent of the patients have recovered so far," a health ministry official said.Follow our full coverage of the coronavirus pandemic here.