India breathed a sigh of relief yesterday, as the number of recovered patients, for the very first time, raced to catch up with the number of active cases of CoVID-19. India’s recovery rate in any case has been higher than that of other nations, however, on 29-30th May, India crossed the 47.40% recovery mark. A hike of 4.5% in recoveries in 24 hours alone!
As of yesterday, there were a total of 83,369 recoveries recorded all over India, with a rise of 11,264 in the period between 29-30th May. This is for the very first time that the number of recoveries in 24 hours has surpassed the addition of daily active cases. While the case spike stood at 7964, the recoveries in 24 hours breached the 11,000 mark.
“Owing to the high number of recovered patients, the number of active patients has also declined from 89,987 patients on 29th May to 86,422 active cases presently. All the active cases are under active medical supervision,” the MoHFW said.
Another important indicator to look out for has been the astonishingly low fatality rate in India, which has bewildered many. While the global average for fatalities is close to 6.5%, India has managed to keep the same to as low as 2.86%, as of yesterday. Meanwhile, while the global average of deaths per lakh population stood at 4.4, back in India, the deaths being seen per lakh of population are 0.3 which is among the lowest in the world!
36.12 lakh tests have been conducted so far. It is important to mention that a figure of about 1.5 lakh can now be added to the same, as the number of tests that would have been conducted in the past 24 hours would be close to that figure. We are soon about to breach the 2 lakh daily tests limit. 1,26,842 samples were tested as of Friday. From a meagre 14 testing labs in India as of February, today, there are 600 labs conducting RT-PCR tests for CoVID-19.
Meanwhile, last evening, the fresh guidelines for “Unlock 1” were rolled out by the MHA. Effectively, the signalling by the government’s side is that the period of Lockdown, per se, is over and that the time has come to unlock the country and get the economy running in a phased manner, with all necessary precautions.
Speaking about states, Maharashtra emerges as the indisputable winner when it comes to the number of cases and fatalities. Tamil Nadu emerges next, followed by Delhi, Gujarat and Rajasthan. The other states have more or less been successful in preventing an unimaginable outbreak, and the daily growth figures are decent. As such, barring states which are largely affected by CoVID-19, like Maharashtra and Delhi, and even Gujarat, the consensus among others seems to be that it is time to lift the lockdown.
13 cities are presently contributing 70% of the total cases to India’s tally, which include Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Thane, Pune, Indore, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Thiruvallur, etc. As such, it makes no sense to keep the other regions of India locked up, when the crisis needs to specifically be managed in the hotspots and containment zones.
8380 new cases have been reported in the past 24 hours, with 193 new deaths being reported in the same time period. Total active cases now stand at 89,995, while 86,984 individuals have recovered. Close to 4614 recoveries have been recorded in the past 24 hours.