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Recovery rate: Haryana ahead in region despite spike in cases

July 06, 2020 06:55 AM


Recovery rate: Haryana ahead in region despite spike in cases


Even as Haryana is witnessing a sustained spike in Covid-19 positive cases during the last one month, analysis of data has revealed that the state also recorded a massive number of recoveries, where the infected were discharged after treatment, in the same period. The average recovery of Covid-19 patients in the state in July is around 594 persons daily.

Haryana’s recovery rate of 76.1% is the highest among its neighbouring states, including Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. For every 100 confirmed cases, around 76 have recovered from the virus. Till July 5 evening, Punjab recorded a recovery rate of 70.15% and Himachal 68.22%.

From March to May, the recoveries in Haryana were only 1,089 and in the 30 days of June plus first five days of July, the recoveries reached 11,896 — an increase of 10,807. It comes out to be an average of around 340 cases recovering from the infection every day since June.

The data has also revealed that 6,446 patients recovered in the last 12 days from June 24 to July 5 in Haryana, with an average of around 537 patients recovering every day. The highest number of recovery cases were reported on July 5 when 687 persons were discharged.

Tracking the pandemic and the recovery data of Haryana, it is clear that recoveries increased with the increase in the number of positive cases in the state — 24 patients recovered in March, 211 in April, 813 in May and 8,924 in June. A total of 2,972 persons were discharged after recovery in the first five days of July.

Following Centre’s guidelines: Arora

Asked about the criteria used to declare a patient had recovered, Haryana additional chief secretary (health and family welfare) Rajeev Arora told TOI that the state is following the central government's guidelines in this regard.

A person admitted to hospital with symptoms is kept in isolation for 14 days and tested twice before being sent home. “It normally takes around 16-17 days to declare a patient recovered, if test results are negative,” Arora added.

Regarding asymptomatic patients, Arora said they are kept under observation for around 10 days and sent for home quarantine for seven days, if in the last three days (of the initial 10-day period) they have no fever.

Arora gave credit to Haryana’s health officials and massive infrastructure created by them in Gurgaon and Faridabad districts for such high recoveries.

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