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Hurray! According to the health ministry, covid-19 recoveries are 3 times more than the active cases

Updated on:25 August 2020, 14:32pm IST
Covid-19 recovery rate in India is improving but we need to be cautious as the rate at which it is spreading in also high.
Rhythma Kaul
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The gap between coronavirus disease (Covid-19) recoveries and active cases continues to widen, with the recoveries currently more than three times the active cases, the Union health ministry announced on Monday.

As opposed to 22,80566 recovered cases in the country to date, there are 7,07668 active cases, shows health ministry data. Active Covid-19 cases are the current disease burden of the country.

“This is because of effective implementation of Centre led policies ensuring efficient clinical management in hospital settings for critical patients, and supervised Home Isolation for moderate and mild ones,” the health ministry tweeted on Monday morning.

The widening gap has led to active cases becoming about 23.24% of the total positive case reported in the country so far. The first case was diagnosed positive on January 30, this year.

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Covid-19 patients might have to suffer long term implications. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

The covid-19 recoveries have also touched 75% (74.90%).

“It is indeed a result of all the efforts that government has made to manage the outbreak. We are catching Covid-19 infections early; for which credit largely goes to enhanced testing apart from robust surveillance system in place. We have managed quite well given the large population size of India,” said Dr VK Paul, member (health), Niti Aayog.

Even though overall deaths related to Covid-19 are moving closer to 60,000, the case fatality rate (CFR) after dropped below 2% a week ago now stands at 1.86%, which is among the lowest as compared to other countries.

“Deaths have definitely reduced and we don’t see too many patients needing ventilator support. One of the reasons for it could be that cases are being detected early and reaching hospital well in time. The treatment starts well before they reach the critical stage. In fact, most of the positive cases do not require hospitalization these days, as these are being managed well at home,” said Dr Yatin Mehta, chairman, critical care department, Medanta Hospital.

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Don’t panic as symptoms of common cold and covid-19 are at times similar. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Doctors treating Covid-19 patients also say that now they know better what works on these patients.

“We now know the disease better than what we knew at the start of the pandemic. There are more treatment options open before us and we know things like steroids are working very well in saving lives. There are other supportive therapies that we are now confident about,” said Dr Srikant Sharma, senior consultant, Moolchand Hospital.

“Knowing a disease better helps in overall disease management, and which is why we are able to save more lives as compared to before,” he added.

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Rhythma Kaul works as an assistant editor at Hindustan Times. She covers health and related topics, including ministry of health and family welfare, government of India.