by Peerzada Arshad Hamid
NEW DELHI, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- The recovery rate of COVID-19 patients in India on Tuesday increased to 98.04 percent, the country's federal health ministry said.
"Till now 33,320,057 patients have been cured," the ministry said. "The national recovery rate is now 98.04 percent."
According to the federal health ministry, the constant increase in recoveries has ensured the reduction in actual caseload and currently, the total positive cases in the country are less than 1 percent.
The country has been witnessing a continuous fall in the active caseload.
"The country's active caseload today stands at 214,900," the ministry said, adding that 26,579 patients recovered during the last 24 hours and active cases were currently only 0.63 percent of the country's total positive cases.
During the last 24 hours, 14,313 fresh positive cases were reported in the country.
"While 14,313 persons were found positive in the past 24 hours, India has registered 26,579 new recoveries during the same period," the ministry said.
Officials said while on one side testing has been enhanced across the country, a continued decline in weekly case positivity is noticed.
"Weekly positivity rate remains below 3 percent for the last 109 days, currently at 1.48 percent," the ministry said. "Daily positivity rate is at 1.21 percent, less than 3 percent for the last 43 days."
The national Case Fatality Rate (CFR) at present is 1.32 percent.
During the last 24 hours, 181 deaths were reported across the country.
According to the health ministry, the number of recovered patients has overtaken active cases by more than 155 times.
Meanwhile, the Indian Council for Medical Research on Tuesday morning said a cumulative total of 585,038,043 COVID-19 tests have been carried out so far and on Monday alone 1,181,766 samples were tested.
The inoculation drive against COVID-19 is presently underway and according to the health ministry so far over 958 million COVID-19 jabs have been administered and on Monday alone 6,586,092 jabs were administered.
The Indian government aims to vaccinate the entire population above the age of 18 years by the end of this year.
On Tuesday morning the ministry said the number of COVID-19 cases in the country has reached 33,985,920 and the death toll has risen to 450,963.
India is in the grip of an ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and globally it is the second worst-hit country by COVID-19.