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India overtakes US to bag top spot in terms of COVID-19 recoveries

“In a landmark global achievement, India has overtaken the US and become the top country in terms of COVID-19 recoveries,” the Health Ministry said on Saturday.

The country has reported the highest number of recoveries with 42,08,431 COVID-19 patients having recovered from the disease so far, pushing the national recovery rate to nearly 80 percent while the case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.61 percent, the Ministry said.

“India now accounts for close to 19 percent of the total global recoveries. This has strongly pushed the national recovery rate to 79.28 percent,” it underlined.

The Centre-led focussed, calibrated, responsive and effective measures of early identification through high and aggressive testing, prompt surveillance and tracking, coupled with standardized high-quality clinical care, had together resulted in this global achievement, the Ministry said.

A record 95,880 patients recuperated from COVID-19 in a span of 24 hours, with 90 percent of the new recoveries reported from 16 states and Union Territories, the Ministry’s data updated at 8 am showed.

About 60 percent of the new recoveries were reported from five states — Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh — the Ministry said.

Maharashtra accounted for over 22,000 (23 percent) while Andhra Pradesh accounted for more than 11,000 (12.3 percent) of the new recoveries.

According to the Ministry, 90 percent of the recoveries were reported from 15 states and Union Territories.

The five states with the maximum caseload — Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh — have also accounted for a majority of the recoveries, the Ministry highlighted.

“India has maintained a sustained path of reporting a very high number of recoveries. This is the result of focussed strategies leading to coordinated effective actions in the states and Union Territories,” it said.