India's COVID-19 Recovery Rate Almost Reaches 75%, Government Says It Is The Best In The World
With 57,989 more COVID-19 patients recovering from the illness in the past 24 hours, a total of 22,80,566 people have been cured of the deadly infection.
According to government data, India's COVID-19 recovery rate stands at 74.5 percent.
On Saturday, India had recorded the highest-ever single day peak of 63,631 recoveries from Covid-19 in the last 24 hours.
There are 7,07,668 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 23.24 per cent of the total caseload, the data stated.
?India has the "best" COVID-19 recovery rate, which is improving every day, and the "lowest" mortality rate of 1.87 per cent in the world, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Saturday.
Vardhan said "many intelligent people, scientists and naysayers" had estimated that India, with a population of about 135 crore, will see 300 million COVID-19 cases and about 5-6 million people will die by July-August, and the country's healthcare system was "incapable" to combat the disease.
"However, I am happy to say that in the eighth month of the battle, India has the best recovery rate of 75 per cent and against an estimate of 300 million affected we have not even reached 3 million cases."
"In fact, 2.2 million patients have recovered and gone home and another seven lakh are going to be cured very soon," he said.
The minister said these successes were achieved due to the "coordinated" efforts with the participation of everyone -- the government and the people.
India has the lowest mortality rate of 1.87 per cent in the world, he said, adding the recovery rate was improving every day.
"We started with only one testing laboratory in Pune but we scaled up our diagnostic capabilities and strengthened our testing capacity.
"Today, India has 1,511 testing labs for COVID-19 and on Friday we tested over one million samples... that was about 10.23 lakh samples," the minister said.
In such a little time, 15,000 dedicated COVID care hospitals with 15 lakh beds were set up across the country and if the quarantine facilities are added to it there are 25 lakh beds, Vardhan said.
Meanwhile, India's COVID-19 tally sprinted past the 30-lakh mark, just 16 days after it crossed 20 lakh.
India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7.
With a single-day spike of 69,239 infections, the country's COVID-19 caseload mounted to 30,44,940, while the death toll climbed to 56,706 with 912 fatalities being reported in a span of 24-hours, the data showed.