Karnataka: Covid-19 recoveries cross 50,000, but rate still below national average | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Karnataka, which has seen a surge in cases which has taken the caseload to more than 1.3 lakh, now has another milestone, albeit a happy one: The number of recoveries has now crossed 50,000. On Sunday, the state reported a record 4,077 discharges, the highest single-day figure yet, taking the total recoveries to 57,725. However, only 43% of people have recovered in the state, much below the national average of 65%.
Medical education minister K Sudhakar, while pointing out that the state has crossed the milestone, said: “My appeal to people: Do not panic, take precautions and keep up the guard. Together, we can defeat this pandemic.”

An analysis of the discharge data from July 1 to August 2 shows that a total 49,807 patients recovered, with a majority of them having been discharged in the past week. Ten of the last 33 days saw more than 1,000 discharges each day, six saw more than 2,000 and three more than 3,000.
Dr Giridhara Babu, member, ICMR task force on research and surveillance, said: “The pace of recoveries had slowed earlier, but it will improve in the coming days and a new equilibrium will be achieved in the coming weeks.”
Sudhakar too had earlier projected recoveries to increase in August, and officials TOI spoke with said they were hopeful the gap between discharges and total cases will decrease by the end of the month.
As on date, the state compares poorly with four other states with more than 1 lakh cases. Recoveries in Maharashtra stand at 62%, while it is 76% in Tamil Nadu, 89% in Delhi and 51% in Andhra Pradesh, which just last week overtook Karnataka in total cases.
Compared to Maharashtra, Delhi and Tamil Nadu, cases in Karnataka began to peak late and recoveries will show an increase in coming weeks. However, Karnataka has been battling an increase in acute cases which require more number of days to recover, thereby affecting the overall recovery rate.

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