With 68,898 Covid-19 cases, India’s tally surges past 2.9 million; recovery rate over 74%

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India recorded 68,898 cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) disease and 983 deaths in a single day, taking the country’s tally past 2.9 million, Union health ministry data showed on Friday.

This is the third day in a row that the daily Covid-19 cases in the country have been more than 64,000–it was 64,531 on Wednesday and a record 69,652 on Thursday. The number of active cases stands at 692,028 across the country and the death toll at 54,899, the health ministry’s dashboard showed at 8am.

With 62,282 recoveries in the last 24 hours, India’s recovery rate amongst Covid-19 patients has reached 74.29%. India now has 2,158,946 coronavirus disease patients who have recovered. The gap between active and recovered has gone up further at 1,466,918.

“Early identification through TESTING, surveillance & contact TRACING along with focus on timely and appropriate clinical TREATMENT of COVID19 patients have ensured that not only is the Case Fatality Rate is lower than the global average and progressively declining ( current figure is 1.89%), but also a small proportion of the active cases are on ventilator support,” the health ministry said on Thursday.

India performed 9 lakh tests in close to 15,00 labs spread across India for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) for the second consecut

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