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Covid recoveries exceeded active cases by over 48 lakh: Health Ministry

The number of people recovered from COVID-19 has exceeded those with active infection by more than 48 lakh as the recovery rate surpassed 85 percent on Wednesday, the Union Health Ministry said.

Nearly 57.5 lakh people have recovered so far, which is 6.32 times the active cases, it said, adding that the sustained high levels of recoveries have widened the gap between active and recovered cases.

“The national recovery rate has jumped past 85 percent today with the continuous streak of high number of recovered cases being reported in the past few weeks. The recovered cases have exceeded the new confirmed again during the past 24 hours,” the ministry said in a statement.

As many as 82,203 recoveries have been registered in the last 24 hours and the total recovered cases have exceeded the active cases by more than 48 lakh, it said.

The ministry said 75 percent of the new recovered cases were reported from 10 states — Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal and Delhi.

“Maharashtra tops the list with nearly 17,000 recoveries while Karnataka contributed more than 10,000 to the single-day recoveries,” it said.

The ministry also said 10 states and UTs account for 78 percent of the new confirmed cases.

“Maharashtra continues to lead this tally. It has contributed more than 12,000, followed by Karnataka with nearly 10,000 cases,” it said.

India’s COVID-19 caseload climbed to 67.57 lakh and the death toll to 1,04,555. The fatality rate, however, has declined to 1.55 percent, according to the health ministry data updated at 8 am on Wednesday.