by Peerzada Arshad Hamid
NEW DELHI, March 25 (Xinhua) — The recovery rate of COVID-19 patients in India on Thursday dropped to 95.28 percent, the country’s federal health ministry said.
“Till now 11,231,650 patients have been cured and 395,192 patients are under active medical supervision,” the ministry said. “The national recovery rate is now 95.28 percent.”
The recovery rate last month had surpassed 97 percent.
According to the federal health ministry, in the last 24 hours, India recorded 53,476 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, the highest single-day rise so far this year.
“India’s total active caseload stands at 395,192 today, comprising 3.35 percent of the total positive cases,” the ministry said.
Last month the positivity rate had fallen to 1.37 percent.
Health ministry officials said six states, Maharashtra, Punjab, Kerala, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh and Gujarat, are reporting a surge in daily new cases. Together these six states account for 80.63 percent of the new cases reported in the last 24 hours.
“Maharashtra continues to report the highest daily new cases at 31,855. It is followed by Punjab with 2,613 while Kerala reported 2,456 new cases,” the ministry said.
“Six States account for 78.49 percent of the daily deaths. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties of 95. Punjab follows with 39 deaths and Chhattisgarh reported 29 deaths in the last 24 hours,” it said.
In the last 24 hours, 251 more deaths from the coronavirus epidemic were reported across the Asian country.
India has progressively maintained a low case fatality rate (CFR) compared to the global average. The national CFR has fallen to 1.36 percent, according to the official data.
Health officials have said that with the resumption of economic activities, people began to flout the health protocols over COVID-19 with not wearing masks and ignoring social distancing. Such violations have contributed to the surge in new cases, officials said.
The mass inoculation drive against COVID-19 began in January in India, and has so far benefited 53 million people according to the health ministry.
Healthcare and frontline workers were among the first people vaccinated in India, followed by people above 50 years of age and those with comorbidities.
From April 1, Indian people aged 45 years and older are planned to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Enditem