India replaces Italy to claim 5th spot in coronavirus fatalities, recovery rate improves
India on Friday overtook Italy's coronavirus death toll to claim the fifth spot in terms of the number of fatalities due to the infection, Johns Hopkins University reported in its real-time tally. According to the latest coronavirus single-day data shared by the health ministry, India, in the past 24 hours, has reported 779 deaths, taking the death toll in the country to 35,747.
With 35,747 fatalities due to coronavirus, India achieved a grim milestone by becoming the country with the fifth-highest coronavirus death toll in the world. It surpassed Italy with a fatality tally of 35,132.
The countries that are ahead of India in the number of coronavirus fatalities are the United States (152,070 fatalities), Brazil (91,263 fatalities), the United Kingdom (46,084 fatalities) and Mexico (46,000 fatalities), according to Johns Hopkins University.
In India, there are more than 5.45 lakh active coronavirus cases and a total of 10,57,805 patients have recovered. On Friday, the country registered its biggest single-day spike of over 55,000 cases, which has taken the country's Covid-19 caseload to 16,38,870.
The recoveries, too, have improved in the country. In the past 24 hours, over 32,553 patients have been discharged across the country.
According to the health ministry, a total of 10,57,806 patients have recovered in India from coronavirus which is now 1.9 times the total active cases while the fatality rate has dropped to 2.21 percent, the Union Health Ministry said.
The total recoveries stand at 64.44 percent amongst the coronavirus patients.
Addressing a press briefing on Thursday, Officer on Special Duty in the Health Ministry Rajesh Bhushan said 21 states and Union Territories have case positivity rate less than 10 percent, while in four it is less than five percent.
"There has been a continued increase in the average daily recoveries from around 15,000 in the first week of July to around 35,000 in the last week," the ministry said in a statement.
"India's case fatality rate is 2.21 percent, as against 4 percent globally, and is amongst the lowest in the world. Case Fatality Rate in Mexico and the UK are five and seven times higher, respectively, as compared to India," Rajesh Bhushan said.
He said 16 states and UTs including Delhi (88.99 pc), Assam (76.68 pc), Telangana (74.27 pc), Tamil Nadu (73.85 pc), Gujarat (73.06 pc), Rajasthan (70.76 pc) and Madhya Pradesh (69.47 pc) have recovery rates better than the national average.