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India's fatality rate hits its lowest since first lockdown despite case surge in some states

India has recorded its lowest ever Covid-19 fatality rate since the first lockdown was imposed on 25 March with the figure currently standing at 2.1 percent.

New Delhi (India), 04/08/2020.- Indian devotees wearing masks come out of the lord Hanuman Temple after offering prayers in New Delhi, India, 04 August 2020. India is listed as the third highest country worldwide in regard to total COVID-19 cases after th

The Union Health Ministry in India announced that the country is now registering its lowest Covid-19 fatality rate since the first national lockdown was imposed in March. The fatality rate dropped to 2.1 percent while the recovery rate is now double the number of active cases, a good indicator that the country is on the right track in its battle with Covid-19.

Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Rajesh Bhushan, stated “This is the first time after the first lockdown that the fatality rate is at its lowest, at 2.1 percent. The fatality rate has seen a progressive decline and it is continuing, which is a good sign".

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Bhushan noted cumulative positivity in India now stands at 8.89 percent. Positivity in several states is less than 10 percent including Punjab, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Assam, West Bengal, and Karnataka. "Last week’s positivity rate in India was 11 percent, which means a few states are showing a rise in Covid cases,” he added.

India currently has 5,86,298 active cases, while more than 1.2 million people have recovered. According to official figures released by the Ministry of Health 50 percent of fatal Covid-19 cases were recorded among patients of 60 or above while 37 percent of fatalities involved people between 40-60 years old.

Bhushan also told reporters that most states have significantly increased their testing capacity for both RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen tests and all 28 states and Union Territories are conducting more than 140 tests on a daily basis per every million individuals.


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