India coronavirus: recovery rate improves, no community transmission yet

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On Thursday, 4,76,378 people recovered from the novel coronavirus in India, reflecting a 62.08% recovery rate, one of the best in the world in terms of the massive population of the country. On July 6th, the national average was 60 percent.

According to official data from the Ministry of Health, more than 47k people have recovered, while 27k cases are active. 21k have died from the virus, while one migrated.

India coronavirus: recovery rate improves, no community transmission yet

According to a government press release, over 2.6 lakhs samples were tested in India as of July 8th. In the same timeframe, 1,04,73,771 people have tested for the virus, all total in the nation.

However, despite the rising recovery rate of the virus, the caseload in the country is spiking alarmingly. Union health minister Harsh Vardhan today said on Thursday, that 90 percent of India’s COVID-19 cases are arising from eight states, and there is no community transmission yet, News18 reports.

Community transmission is the phase of the spread of the disease when no clear source of the original transmission can be traced. In simple terms, a person infected with COVID-19 in a fresh zone in New Delhi, who had no contact with people from COVID-19 hotspot regions of Mumbai would mean a community transmission. That is not yet the case in India.

India coronavirus: recovery rate improves, no community transmission yet

Mr. Vardhan also emphasized on the fact that albeit India is the third worst-hit nation from the novel coronavirus, but he urged people to look at it with a “correct perspective,” given, we’re the country with the world’s second-highest population. “Our cases per million are 538, while the world average is 1,453,” he said, as quoted by news agency ANI.

A huge country like Brazil, with a similar population to Uttar Pradesh, has suffered around 65,000 deaths due to Covid-19. While in Uttar Pradesh, around 800 people have lost their lives, it means many lives have been saved in the state,” PM Modi said in a meeting with NGOs and officials in Varanasi on Thursday.

World caseload of the virus has crossed 12 million and is currently racing for the next million to touch. The majority of the cases are from the United States and Brazil, while India comes just next with 767,296 cases, according to data tracked by Johns Hopkins University. Russia, Peru, Chila, and the UK occupy the respective row after India, as the words most-hit nations with COVID-19.

Cases are rising

While the country is showing signs of improvement, the caseload is rising steadily. According to the BBC, scientists are baffled with India’s ‘unusually low’ death rate. BBC also noted, India encountered hundreds of thousands of cases post a cluster reopening from lockdown in June.

Experts have weighed-in that India’s caseload has increased with the increased number of testing, pointing out that the actual number of the infections in the population remains unknown. Until Thursday, India has done more than 10 million tests since March, half of which happened post-June 1, the BBC noted. This means the disparity in the results and the actual number of people infected could be dependent on more and more testing.