NEW DELHI: India's total COVID-19 recoveries crossed the 30 lakh-mark on Friday, taking the recovery rate to over 77 per cent, the Union Health Ministry said on Friday, asserting that the figures show that the number of patients recovering is steadily rising.
One of the goals of the 'Test-Track-Treat' strategy of the Centre is to reduce COVID mortality and keep the case fatality rate low, the ministry said in a statement. There has been sharp attention on sustaining high levels of recoveries and to strengthen the clinical treatment protocols to provide a uniform standardised level of medical care to save lives, it said.
"Not only is India's case fatality rate lower than the global average and progressively declining (current figure is 1.74 per cent), but a very small proportion of active cases, amounting to less than 0.5 per cent, are on ventilator support," the ministry said.
It said that data also shows that two per cent cases are in ICUs and less than 3.5 per cent of the active cases occupy oxygen supported beds. As a result of these measures, India's total COVID-19 recoveries crossed 30 lakh (30,37,151) on Friday.
The ministry said that with the recovery of 66,659 patients in the last 24 hours, India has continued its trajectory of posting more than 60,000 recoveries for the eighth consecutive day. The recovery rate amongst COVID-19 patients is 77.15 per cent demonstrating that the number of patients recovering is steadily rising over the past several months, it said.
The higher number of recoveries has also led to a steady enhancement in the difference between the recovered and active cases, and this difference has crossed 22 lakh, as on date. This ensured that the actual caseload of the country (8,31,124 which are under active medical care), has reduced and currently comprises only 21.11 per cent of the total positive cases.
The total number of COVID-19 cases mounted to 39,36,747, while the death toll due to the disease climbed to 68,472 with 1,096 people succumbing to it in a day, the ministry's data updated at 8 am showed.