As India entered the last phase of lockdown 4.0, number of patients recovered from the coronavirus disease hit a new record. At least 11,264 people have been recovered from the deadly infection in last 24 hours, according to the data released by ministry of health and family welfare.
Over 47% of the total coronavirus patients have been discharged from the hospital after recovery. India's recovery rate from the coronavirus disease is one the steady rise. The total number of coronavirus cases in the country stood at 173,763.
India first reported coronavirus infection on January 30 when a student in Kerala had tested positive for the disease. To contain the virus spread, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a nationwide lockdown in the last week of March. Later, the pan-India lockdown was extended till May 31.
To restart the economy that have come to a standstill due to coronavirus pandemic, several lockdown norms were relaxed in each phase. The states were allowed to locate the "red, orange and green" zones following health ministry's guidelines. "The recovery rate in the country was 7.10% on March 25 when the lockdown was imposed", Lav Agarwal, joint secretary, health ministry earlier said.
Timely detection of COVID-19 cases and lockdown were the two reasons behind high recovery rate in India, Agarwal added.
Maharashtra was the worst-affected by coronavirus pandemic. The coronavirus cases in the state crossed 60,000-mark on Friday. Meanwhile, the state saw a huge jump in number of patients recovered from coronavirus infection. As many as 8,381 coronavirus patients recovered from the disease in last 24 hours. The total number of recovered coronavirus patients in the state rose to 26,997.
Punjab had one of the best recovery rates from coronavirus disease in India. Out of 2,197 total patients, 1,949 people were recovered from the disease.
The number of deaths related to coronavirus infection rose to 4,971. India also witnessed the biggest spike in single-day death toll on Friday. Coronavirus claimed 265 lives in last 24 hours. Maharashtra reported 116 deaths on Friday, taking the death toll in the state to 2,098.
India registered one of the lowest COVID-19 fatality rates in the world, the health ministry said.