India on Saturday reported a significant decrease in the number of active coronavirus cases, which has fallen below the eight lakh mark for the first time after one and a half months.
With a high number of COVID-19 patients recovering every day, India’s steady trend of registering dipping active cases continues, the health ministry said.
“Enhanced countrywide medical infrastructure, implementation of the Centre’s Standard Treatment Protocol by the States/UTs, and total dedication & commitment of doctors, paramedics and frontline workers have led to a persistent increase in the number of total recoveries with a commensurate dip in the fatality rate,” it added.
With a spike of 62,212 new coronavirus cases along with 837 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, the total number of coronavirus cases now stands at 74,32,681.
Among the 74 lakh cases, there are 7,95,087 active cases, 65,24,596 cured cases and 1,12,998 deaths, according to the data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday.
“India is the only country with the highest recoveries and continues to have one of the lowest fatality rates globally. Today it stands at 1.52%. These have in tandem resulted in the consistent slide in the active cases,” the health ministry said.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan had on Friday stressed that the next two-and-a-half months are going to be crucial in the fight against COVID-19 because of the winter season and festivals.
“The next two-and-a-half months are going to be very crucial for us in our fight against corona because of the winter season and the festival season. It becomes the responsibility of every citizen to not let our guard down and follow Covid-19 appropriate behaviour to curb the spread of the infection,” he added.