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The Health Ministry said on Friday that the national average fatality rate due to coronavirus has reduced to 2.72% because of effective medical management. As 2,76,682 active cases are present in India, the national recovery rate has jumped to 62.42%. The Ministry said, “The improvement in recovery rate is the result of a combination of preemptive, proactive and graded steps taken by the Centre in collaboration with the states and UTs.”

The previous month, the fatality rate was 2.82% which has now declined to 2.72%, lower than in other countries. In 30 states and Union Territories, the fatality rate is lower than the national fatality rate; like in states of Uttar Pradesh (2.66%), Bihar (0.82%), Kerala (0.41%) and Haryana (1.48%).

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In 18 States and UTs, the recovery rate is higher than the national average (>62.42%). These states include West Bengal (64.94%), Bihar (70.4%), and Delhi (76.81%). Manipur, Nagaland, Sikkim, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Mizoram, Andaman and Nicobar Islands have zero fatality rate. The Ministry said that this became possible with the support and guidance of the Central government to the states and Union Territories. Mapping of high-risk communities, early detection of patients, home isolation for mild patients and effective medication helped to keep the fatalities low.

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The countrywide network of ASHAs and ANMs along with the Ayushman Bharat Health and Wellness Centres helped in surveillance and contact tracing of cases including lakhs of migrants. As of Friday, there are 1,218 COVID hospitals, 2,705 COVID healthcare centres and 10,301 COVID care Centres.

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