NEW DELHI, Aug 13 - The COVID-19 recovery rate has risen to 70.77 per cent on Thursday with the total number of patients recuperating from the disease reaching nearly 17 lakh, while the case fatality rate has further declined to 1.96 per cent, the Union Health Ministry said.
With 56,383 patients recuperating in 24 hours, the highest in a day, the total number of recovered patients in the country has surged to 16,95,982 on Thursday.
Besides, India has registered a record high of 8,30,391 tests conducted for detection of the coronavirus infection in 24 hours on Wednesday, as a result of whichthe cumulative testing as on date has jumped to 2,68,45,688.
In pursuance of the �test, track and treat� strategy, India is geared up to reach the testing capacity of 10 lakh tests per day, the Ministry said.
According to Health Ministry, �record high� recoveries have led to a decline in the �actual caseload� of the country, which is the number of active cases, and currently is only 27.27 per cent of the total cases.
The number of recoveries from COVID-19 exceeded active cases by more than 10 lakh.
There are 6,53,622 active cases of the coronavirus infection in the country, according to the Health Ministry data updated at 8 am.
�With the increasing number of recoveries, the recovery rate has risen to 70.77 per cent, while the mortality among COVID-19 patients has further regressed to 1.96 per cent, and is steadily declining,� the ministry said. � PTI