COVID-19: India's active caseload drops below 8 lakh for the first time since Sept 1
The total number of recovered cases have also crossed the 65-lakh mark
India continues to report a positive trend in its fight against COVID-19 with the active caseload dropping below 8 lakhs for the first time in one-and-a-half months.
According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the total positive cases of the country on Saturday morning was 7,95,087, which is only 10.70% of the total cases. The active caseload was below the 8 lakh mark last on September 1 with the figure standing at 7,85,996.
The ministry pointed out that India is also reporting a high number of recoveries. Official data says that the total recovered cases have crossed 65 lakhs and the figure now stands at 65,24,595. The difference between active cases and recovered cases is consistently increasing and went up to 57,29,508 on Saturday.
70,816 patients have recovered and discharged in the last 24 hours whereas the new confirmed cases are 62,212. The national Recovery Rate has further grown to 87.78%. The number of COVID-19 deaths recorded during the same period stands at 837.
Enhanced countrywide medical infrastructure, implementation of the Centre’s Standard Treatment Protocol by the States/UTs, and total dedication & commitment of doctors, paramedics and frontline workers have led to a persistent increase in the number of total recoveries with commensurate dip in the fatality rate, the ministry said.
In an official statement, the ministry explained that India continues to have one of the lowest fatality rates globally at 1.52%. These have in tandem resulted in a consistent slide in the number of active cases.
Giving a break-up of the recovered cases, the ministry said 78% of the new recovered cases were from 10 states and Union Territories. Of these, Maharashtra had more than 13,000 single day recoveries, followed by Karnataka with more than 8,000 recoveries.
Similarly, 79% of the new cases are also from 10 States and UTs, with Maharashtra reporting a very high number of over 11,000 new cases, followed by Karnataka and Kerala with more than 7,000 cases each.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has deputed high-level Central teams to Kerala, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal following a surge in the number of new COVID cases in the recent days.
The teams will support the states' efforts towards strengthening containment, surveillance, testing, infection prevention and control measures, in addition to helping in efficient clinical management of the positive cases.