COVID-19 fatality rate falls below 2% in India; recovery rate nears 70%

Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (File photo)

New Delhi (NVI): For the first time in the country, the case fatality rate (CFR) has fallen below 2 per cent and the recovery rate has risen to nearly 70 per cent, the Union Health Ministry said today.

Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, while addressing a media briefing said that the country’s case fatality rate stands at 1.99 per cent and the recovery rate has risen to 69.80 per cent.

The Health Ministry attributed the rise in recovery rate to the ‘successful implementation of containment strategy, aggressive testing coupled with the standardised clinical management of critical patients’.

With more patients recuperating and being discharged from hospitals and home isolation (in case of mild and moderate cases), the total recoveries have jumped to 15,83,489 with 47,746 patients getting discharged in a span of 24 hours.

“Focus on improved and effective clinical treatment in hospitals, use of non-invasive, improved and coordinated services of the ambulances for ferrying patients for prompt and timely treatment have resulted in seamless efficient patient management of COVID-19 patients,” Health Ministry said.

Bhushan further said that a record 2.5 crore coronavirus tests were done this week.

The actual caseload of the country is the active cases (6,39,929) which is only 28.21 per cent of the total positive cases. They are under active medical supervision.

-CHK