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New Delhi : In a landmark global achievement, India has overtaken USA and become the top country in terms of global COVID-19 recoveries.

India has reported the highest number of total recoveries with more than 42 lakh (42,08,431) COVID patients recovered and discharged. India now accounts for close to 19% of the total global recoveries. This has strongly pushed the national Recovery Rate to nearly 80% (79.28%). The Centre-led focussed, calibrated, responsive, and effective measures of early identification through high and aggressive testing, prompt surveillance and  tracking coupled with standardised high quality clinical care have together resulted in this global achievement.

In its determined and resolute fight against COVID-19, India has scaled another peak of registering the highest ever single day recoveries in last 24 hours. A total of 95,880 recoveries were recorded on September 19, 2020, according to a PIB release. Ninety percent of the new recovered cases are being reported from 16 States/UTs.

Of the new recovered cases, about 60% are being reported from five States, viz. Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh. Maharashtra has alone contributed more than 22,000 (23%) and Andhra Pradesh has contributed more than 11,000 (12.3%) to the single day recoveries. The top five States with the maximum caseload viz Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Uttar Pradesh are also nodal for highest number of Total Recoveries.

The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has issued comprehensive Standard of Care clinical management and treatment protocols.  Drawing from global emerging evidence, these have been regularly revised and strengthened. India has allowed for rational use of ‘Investigational Therapies’ like Remdesevir, convalescent plasma and Tocilizumab and adopted measures such proning, use of high flow oxygen, non-invasive ventilation, use of steroids and anti-coagulants to aid recovery in COVID patients. Supervised home/facility isolation for mild and moderate cases, improved services of the ambulances for ferrying patients for prompt and timely treatment have enabled seamless and efficient patient management.

AIIMS, New Delhi, has handheld the States/UTs for enhancing the clinical management skills of doctors in the ICUs through the ‘National e-ICU on COVID-19 Management’ and Centers of Excellence. Held twice a week, on Tuesday and Friday, the sessions have aided in substantial increase of the total nationwide recovered cases and maintaining a low and steadily declining mortality rate.  Nineteen such National e-ICUs have been held covering 249 hospitals of 28 States/UTs across the country, till date.