COVID-19: Recovery rate of India improves to 66.31%
As per the Health Ministry’s data, the coronavirus cases in India have crossed 19.8 lakh mark, taking active cases tally to 5,86,244, around 12,82,216 discharged and cured, and approximate 39,795 deaths have been reported till date. Owing to the speedy recovery of coronavirus patients, the recovery rate of India has gone up to 66.31%.
Till last night, India saw 52,509 new active cases and 857 patients succumbing to coronavirus infection. With 857 new deaths in the last 24 hours, the death toll has reached 39,795. However, the recoveries increased to 12,82,215 with 51,706 in one day, according to the ministry data.
A collective total of 2,14,84,402 samples have been tested till August 4 with 6,19,652 samples tested on Tuesday, according to the ICMR. Lupin has launched Covid-19 drug Favipiravir in the country at Rs 49 per tablet. Lupin said in a regulatory filing that Favipiravir has received authorisation from the Drug Controller General of India for emergency use.
Maharashtra (4,57,956), Tamil Nadu (268,285), Andhra Pradesh (1,76,333), Karnataka (1,45,830), and Delhi (1,39,156) still remains to be among the worst affected states due to coronavirus pandemic situation. However, Delhi has improved its situation in terms of active cases, now stands at 14th position across the country. Only three states, Meghalaya, Sikkim, and Andaman and the Nicobar Islands have less than 1,000 coronavirus patients. Lakshadweep hasn’t reported even a single case of Covid-19 thus, being the only state free from the novel coronavirus.
Looking at the progress, the chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said that he is ‘Proud of Delhites’, as the active coronavirus cases have gone below 10,000 mark. The factors which led to the rapid improvement in the state include a multi-pronged strategy of aggressive testing, home isolation policy, and public engagement. No new death has been reported in the last two weeks in LNJP Hospital of Delhi, showing the improvement in the coronavirus situation in the state.
Various countries are in the race to find a safe and effective vaccine for the deadly virus, but according to the information provided by top ICMR scientist (Prof) Balram Bhargava on Tuesday shows that India has two vaccine candidates which are in different phases of a clinical study. At the present moment, studies for Phase 1 and Phase 2 are to recognise the safety and early efficacy.
Amidst Covid-19, seven foreign airlines (United Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Lufthansa, British Airways, Turkish Airlines, and Delta Air Lines) have resumed air travel recently. The fifth-phase of ‘Vande Bharat Mission’ has also commenced by the state-run airlines in order to bring the Indians stranded abroad. It is also expected that around 700 flights will be operating this month. The Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh has announced earlier this month that the government is looking to set up more bilateral agreements for transport bubbles to more countries.