COVID-19 : Toll in four digits, slight improvement in recovery rate


New Delhi, (UNI)

The death toll due to Novel Coronavirus on Wednesday jumped the 1000 mark, while the recovery rate also witnessed a slight improvement at 24.5 per cent, according to the Health Ministry. 

A total of 7796 cases have been cured so far across the country, while the number of fatalities reached 1008 by Wednesday evening, with an addition of 74 fresh deaths since Tuesday. Maximum fatalities were reported in the worst-hit COVID state of Maharashtra, where the figure reached 400.
The national capital has maintained one of the best recovery rates in the country, with 1078 patients cured and discharged from the hospitals so far.
The total confirmed COVID cases in the country mounted to 31,787 on Wednesday, as per the government data. 

Active cases of the deadly virus neared 23,000 in the country, with the figure standing at 22,982 on Wednesday evening, after the addition of 353 fresh active cases since morning. 

Health Secretary Preeti Sudan on Wednesday emphasised that non-COVID essential medical care should not be neglected in the country during the current times. It was reiterated by the government official that patients needing care like dialysis, cancer treatment, diabetics, pregnant women and those suffering from cardiac ailments must be given adequate care. She also urged the states to promote the ArogyaSetu App, which is a self-assessment tool helpful in the prevention efforts of the Government. The government has also permitted inter-state movement of stranded migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons by road, and they would be allowed to move after the concerned States and UTs consult each other and mutually agree to their movement.
Meanwhile, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan exhorted the scientists to speedily develop COVID-19 mitigation solutions and also reviewed the various initiatives undertaken by the Department of Biotechnology and its Autonomous Institutes and Public Sector Undertakings – BIRAC and BIBCOL, to tackle the current COVID-19 crisis. 

Especially with respect to progress made in indigenous development of vaccine, Rapid Test and RT-PCR diagnostic Kits, the minister said that at least half a dozen candidate vaccines are being supported of which four are in an advance stage. Meanwhile, Maharashtra continues to be the top hot spot housing 9,318 cases, the maximum number of infected in the country, along with 400 casualties. Gujarat, the second-most affected state in the country, now houses 3,744 cases with deaths mounting to 181, while the national capital is on the third spot as the number of infected stand at 3,314, with a death toll of 54. Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh have also been witnessing rise in the number of cases of COVID-19 with the numbers now rising to 2,561, 2,364 and 2,115, respectively in these three states with MP's death toll at 119, the data added.  


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