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India outstrips Brazil to register 2nd highest COVID-19 tally in the world

India has outstripped Brazil to become the nation with the second highest coronavirus tally with more than 42 lakh cases. According to multiple indicators, the US has the highest tally, with over 62.75 lakh infections. 

However, India’s COVID-19 recoveries have surged to nearly 32 lakh, pushing the recovery rate to 77.32 per cent while the case fatality rate, one of the lowest globally, has further dropped to 1.72 per cent, the Union health ministry said. There are 8,62,320 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country, accounting for only 20.96 per cent of the total caseload.

“The spike in the daily recovered COVID-19 patients continues in the country. For the second successive day, India has clocked a record recovery of more than 70,000 patients in a single day,” the ministry said. A total of 73,642 patients have recovered and been discharged from either home or facility isolation or hospitals in a day.

“With this surge in numbers of patients getting recovered on a daily basis, India’s recovery rate has been further pushed upwards to 77.32 per cent,” the ministry said. Sustained efforts by the Centre, state and union territory governments have substantially resulted in higher number of people getting identified at an early stage for the infection through very high levels of testing, it underlined. 

The Centre, in collaboration with the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi has led the process of continuous upgradation of clinical management skills of the ICU doctors in the dedicated COVID hospitals across the country. “These measures have resulted in saving more lives. India’s COVID-19 case fatality rate, one of the lowest globally, continues to further compress. It is pegged at 1.72 per cent as on date,” the ministry said. The recoveries exceeded active cases of the infection by 23,18,545.

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