New Delhi: The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday said that a total of 60,490 patients have recovered so far from COVID-19 in the country.Also Read - Will Schools in Delhi Reopen as COVID Cases Decline? Sisodia Says Will Discuss Matter With DDMA Tomorrow

Addressing a press conference, Union Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal said that the recovery rate continues to improve and at present, it is 41.61%.  He also stated that the fatality rate is one among the lowest in the world, it is 2.87% now. Also Read - Covishield and Covaxin To Get Regular Market Approval From DCGI Soon, Each Dose Likely To be Capped at Rs 275

Giving further information, he said that over 4.4 deaths per lakh population have been reported for the world, while India has reported about 0.3 deaths per lakh population, which is amongst the lowest in the world. “This has been due to lockdown, timely identification and management of COVID-19 cases,” he said. Also Read - Delhi to Lift Weekend Curfew, Curbs on Markets Soon; Final Decision Tomorrow

He also added that the COVID-19 fatality rate has reduced from 3.3% on April 15 to 2.87% which is among the lowest in the world now.

On the other hand, ICMR Director General Dr Balram Bhargava said that the testings have gone up in the last few months, and over 1.1 lakh samples are tested on daily basis.

The statement from the Health Ministry comes at a time when the death toll due to COVID-19 went up to 4,167 in the country, while the number of cases climbed to 1,45,380, registering an increase of 146 deaths and 6,535 cases since Monday.

As per an update on Tuesday morning, the number of active COVID-19 cases climbed to 80,722. As many as 60,490 people have recovered and one patient has migrated.

Out of the 146 deaths reported since Monday morning, 60 were in Maharashtra, 30 in Gujarat, 15 in Delhi, 10 in Madhya Pradesh, seven in Tamil Nadu, six in West Bengal, four each in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, three in Telangana, two each in Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Karnataka and one in Kerala.

Out of the total 4,167 fatalities, Maharashtra tops the tally with 1,695 deaths followed by Gujarat with 888 deaths, Madhya Pradesh with 300, West Bengal with 278, Delhi with 276, Rajasthan with 167, Uttar Pradesh with 165, Tamil Nadu with 118 and Andhra Pradesh and Telangana with 56 deaths each.

Earlier in the day, Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan held a high-level review meeting through video conference with the chief secretaries, health secretaries and National Health Mission (NHM) directors of states such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh where the cases are still on the rise.

“These states are witnessing a surge in COVID-19 cases since the last three weeks as lockdown rules have been eased and inter-state migration has been allowed,” the ministry said in a statement.