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India’s Covid Cases Pass 1 Crore: Govt On Saturday

India has passed one crore coronavirus cases as it waits for a vaccine for the highly infectious virus, which has affected over 7.5 crore people worldwide. Last month, the United States became the first country to cross the grim mark. In India, over 1.45 lakh patients have died so far after contracting the virus while the death tally in the US is almost double at 3,13,588. India’s recovery rate of 95 per cent is “one of the highest globally”, the government said this morning. It took India 325 days to cross 1 crore cases. In the last 24 hours, 25,152 fresh infections took India’s Covid tally to 1,00,04,599, the government data showed this morning. 347 deaths linked to Covid were recorded, taking tally to 1,45,136. A dip in daily cases has helped the country’s fight against Covid. Earlier this week, 22,065 new cases were reported in a day- lowest one-day figure in five months. “Recoveries are more than 30 times the active cases (currently only 3.14% of total cases),” the Union Health Ministry said this morning. A “steep rise” has been observed in recoveries – from 50,000 in May to over 95 lakh in December, the Union Health Ministry tweeted this morning. “Central government’s calibrated strategies through a ‘Whole of Government’ approach have sharply focussed on high Recovery Rate and low Fatality Rate on a sustained basis,” the Health Ministry said in one of the tweets. Across India, over 16 crore coronavirus tests have been conducted so far, the government data shows. The death rate stood at 1.45 per cent this morning, while the positivity rate stood at 2.14 per cent.

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