New Delhi: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday asserted that the ‘battle against COVID-19 fight is far from over’. Briefing the lawmakers in  Rajya Sabha, the health minister assured that the government is taking all necessary measuresto prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus in India. Also Read - 'World-Class Service Provider, Left an Indelible Mark': Tributes Pour in From Political Circle on Demise of Suresh Angadi

Harsh Vardhan said that COVID-19 fatality and recovery rates stand at 1.67% and  77.65% respectively. Furthermore, he reiterated that India has been able to limit its cases and death per million to 3,320 cases per million and 55 deaths per million which is one of the lowest in the world. Also Read - Reassess COVID Situation, Focus on Micro Containment Zones: PM Modi to CMs of 7 Worst-hit States

Meanwhile, the coronavirus tally in the country crossed 49 lakh-mark with 83,809 new cases. The death toll, on the other hand, rose to 80,776 with 1,054 more people succumbing to the virus. Also Read - Coronavirus Update: Low Level of This Nutrient Can Increase Death Risk in COVID-19 Patients

With this, India now has a toll that is barely 5,000 short of total COVID-19 cases reported in China, the ground zero of the virus that turned into a pandemic since the first case was reported in Wuhan in December 2019.

China has so far recorded only 85,202 cases while India that reported its first Covid-19 case on January 30, now has 49,30,236 cases. Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit state with a total of 10,60,308 cases, including 29,531 deaths; followed by Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh.