New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry on Saturday said that India has reached an ‘unprecedented peak’ as active cases in the country drop below 8 lakh for the first time in 1.5 months. “This significant achievement is the outcome of Centre-led targetted strategies leading to a high number of recoveries, and steadily falling number of fatalities”, it said in a tweet. Also Read - Beware! If Found Not Wearing Face Mask, You Could Land up Cleaning Mumbai Roads

Meanwhile, India’s recoveries from the novel coronavirus moved past the 65 lakh-mark today. The country’s doubling time has also sharply increased to 70.4 days. This indicates a substantial fall in the daily new cases and the consequent increase in time taken to double the total cases.

The government data showed 65,24,595 have been discharged, 7,95,087 are currently active while 1,12,998 lost the battle against the pandemic. The total tally reached 74,32,680, with  a spike of 62,211 new COVID-19 cases.

Earlier on Friday, the Health Ministry had claimed that the country (India) has one of the lowest 81 COVID-19 deaths per million population in the world with less than 1,000 fatalities registered daily since October 4, while the fatality rate of 1.52 per cent yesterday was the lowest since March 22.

These results have been boosted by 22 states and Union Territories which have demonstrated better performance and are reporting even lower deaths per million population compared to the national average, it said.

“The COVID-19 case fatality rate has been on the slide continuously. At the current figure of 1.52 per cent, it is the lowest since March 22,” it highlighted.

Thirteen states and Union Territories, including Puducherry (403), Maharashtra (335), Goa (331), Delhi (317), Karnataka (152), Tamil Nadu (135) and Punjab (131), had deaths per million population more than the national average.

As part of COVID-19 management and response policy, the Centre’s sharp focus has been not only on containing the spread of the disease but also to reduce deaths and save lives by providing quality clinical care to the critical and severe patients, the ministry said.

Collaborative efforts of the Centre, states and Union Territories have resulted in the strengthening of health facilities across the country.

Meanwhile, yesterday too India maintained the trend of registering more recoveries than the new cases, with 70,338 people having recuperated in 24 hours as against 63,371 fresh instances of the infection being reported.

The total number of recoveries have surged to 64,53,779 and exceed active cases of COVID-19 by 56,49,251.

“Recovered cases are eight times more than active cases which are sliding continuously. Presently, active cases comprise merely 10.92 per cent of the total cases,” the ministry highlighted.

The national recovery rate has improved to 87.56 per cent.