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New Delhi : India has crossed a significant milestone in its fight against COVID. National Recovery rate crossed 96% (96.04%) on December 31, 2020, one of the highest globally. The exponential rise in the recoveries has led to the improvement in the Recovery Rate (RR).

The total recovered cases have crossed 98.6 lakh (98,60,280), the highest globally. The gap between active cases and recovered cases is continuously increasing and stands at 96,02,624.

In another achievement, the active cases have drastically declined to 2.57 lakh. The total positive cases of the country are 2,57,656 and now account for just  2.51%of the total cases, according to a PIB release.

With a high number of COVID patients recovering everyday and the sustained fall in the mortality rate, India’s steady trend of registering dipping active cases continues. 21,822 new confirmed cases were recorded in the last 24 hours in the country whereas 26,139 new recoveries were registered in the same period. It has led to a net decline of 4,616 cases from the total active caseload.

77.99% of the new recovered cases are observed to be concentrated in 10 States/UTs. Kerala has reported the maximum number of single day recoveries with 5,707 newly recovered cases. 4,913 people recovered in Maharashtra followed by 1,588 in Chhattisgarh.

79.87% of the new cases are from 10 States and UTs. Kerala has reported the highest daily new cases at 6,268. It is followed by Maharashtra with 3,537 new cases.

299 case fatalities have been reported in the past 24 hours. Ten States/UTs account for 80.60% of these deaths. Maharashtra reported maximum casualties with 90 new fatalities. Kerala and West Bengal both follow with 28 daily deaths.

The consortium of 10 Government labs i.e. INSACOG has so far found a total of 25 cases of mutant UK virus after genome sequencing. Four new cases were found by NIV, Pune, and one new case was sequenced in IGIB, Delhi. All 25 persons are in physical isolation at health facilities.