Though India remains the second worst-affected country in the world by the COVID-19 pandemic, COVID-19 recoveries continue to outpace new cases according to government figures.
At the time of writing, India’s confirmed COVID-19 case count thus far number at 8,874,918 – behind only the United States according to Worldometer. However, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare boasts a high rate of recovery from the disease, which is caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) – or, simply, coronavirus.
The country’s recovery rate currently stands at 93.42 percent, reports suggest. The Health Ministry has reported that, in the past ten days, new cases number at fewer than 50,000 each day. COVID-19 recoveries number at 8,290,370, the Ministry has said.
As previously reported by Health Issues India, “the daily COVID-19 cases peaked at close to 100,000 in mid-September. These consistent daily figures over the course of the month sparked a worrying trend of gradually-increasing daily figures across the previous months with no signs of abating. However, following a peak on September 16th, these figures began to decrease.” This brings us to the place where we are now, with a high recovery rate and active cases accounting for just 5.11 percent of cumulative cases.
Nonetheless, there is still cause for concern. The country is witnessing sharp increases in cases in multiple states and union territories. It also ought not be overlooked that India faces many logistical challenges – not least the daunting task of disseminating a vaccine to more than a billion people when one becomes available. Furthermore, it cannot be ignored that 130,577 people have lost their lives to COVID-19 at the time of writing – the third-highest death toll in the world.
As with any country in this pandemic, India has had successes and failures, positives and negatives. A high rate of recovery is undoubtedly a positive. But the pandemic is far from over – and so it is far from the time for complacency.