At 1.35 lakh, recoveries exceed active cases for first time

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NEW DELHI: For the first time since the

Covid-19 outbreak

, the number of recovered patients has exceeded the

total active cases

with the health ministry recording 1,33,632 active cases on Wednesday, while 1,35,205 people have been cured so far, taking the total recovery rate to 48.99%.
“The recovery figures are reflecting better clinical management and timely detection enabled by ramped up testing and hospital infrastructure across the country,” an official said. The number of samples tested by ICMR crossed 50 lakh on Wednesday. In the last 24 hours, ICMR tested 1,45,216 samples and has continued to ramp up testing capacity.
However, new cases continue to rise amid easing of restrictions which were imposed under the lockdown. India reported close to 10,000 new instances of the infection in the last 24 hours till 8am on Wednesday, pushing the cumulative case load to over 2.7 lakh.
The return of migrants to their homes has also increased reporting of cases though the numbers are not a runaway trend as of now. The country recorded 279 fatalities due to Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 7,745.
As many as 5,991 patients were cured of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, the ministry said.
“Most cases are mild to moderate and will recover in home quarantine or maximum with oxygen support. Our focus is to reduce mortality and for that we need to take care of the elderly and those with comorbidi ties,” the official said.
The ministry has also deputed central teams comprising public health experts, epidemiologist and administrative officials to provide technical support and hand-hold states with high case load. The teams are reviewing public health measures in Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi and Bengaluru.
“The teams will visit the cities mentioned within the next one week and will submit daily report of activities undertaken to the state health department and the Union health ministry. They will inform regarding any issue of urgent importance and also submit a report of their observations and suggestions before concluding the visit,” the ministry said.

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