New Delhi: Nineteen states and Union Territories have a COVID-19 recovery rate higher than the national average of 63.02%, the Centre said on Monday (July 13), asserting that coordinated steps taken by it along with state governments have contributed to a "gradual surge" in the recovery of patients.

It also said that there are 30 states and UTs that have a fatality rate lower than the national average of 2.64%.

The norms and standards for home isolation care along with use of oximeters have also helped to keep a check on asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic patients without burdening the hospital infrastructure, the Union health ministry said in a statement.

"The series of pro-active, pre-emptive and coordinated steps taken by the Centre and the state governments for containment and prevention of COVID-19 has contributed to a gradual surge in COVID-19 recovery," the ministry said.

Aggressive testing coupled with timely diagnosis has led to identifying COVID-affected patients before they progress into an advanced stage of the disease, it said.

Effective implementation of containment zones and surveillance activities ensured that the rate of infection stays under control, the ministry said.

A graded policy and holistic approach has led to the recovery of 18,850 people in the last 24 hours, taking the total cumulative number of recovered cases among COVID-19 patients to 5,53,470, it said.

The recovery rate has further improved to 63.02%, the ministry said, adding that 19 states and UTs have a recovery rate higher than the national average.

The states and UTs having a recovery rate higher than the national average include Ladakh (85.45%), Delhi (79.98%), Uttarakhand (78.77%), Chhattisgarh (77.68%), Himachal Pradesh (76.59%), Haryana (75.25%), Chandigarh (74.6%), Rajasthan (74.22%), Madhya Pradesh (73.03%) and Gujarat (69.73%).

Tripura (69.18%), Bihar (69.09%), Punjab (68.94%), Odisha (66.69%), Mizoram(64.94%), Assam (64.87%), Telangana (64.84%), Tamil Nadu (64.66%) and Uttar Pradesh (63.97%) also have a recovery rate higher than the national average.

There are 3,01,609 active cases and they are all under medical supervision either at hospitals, COVID care centres or home isolation, the ministry said.

There are 2,51,861 more recovered cases than active cases, it said. India's fatality rate has also dropped to 2.64 % owing to the increased stress on clinical management of critical cases, the ministry said.

AIIMS Delhi continues to handhold Dedicated COVID Hospitals (DCH) through the COVID-19 National Teleconsultation Centre, it said.

The 30 states and UTs that have a fatality rate lower than the national average of 2.64% include Ladakh (0.09%), Tripura (0.1%), Assam (0.22%), Kerala (0.39%), Chhattisgarh (0.47%), Odisha (0.49%), Arunachal Pradesh (0.56%), Goa (0.57%) and Meghalaya (0.65%).

Jharkhand (0.8%), Bihar (0.86%), Himachal Pradesh (0.91%), Telangana (1.03%), Andhra Pradesh (1.12%), Puducherry (1.27%), Uttarakhand (1.33%), Tamil Nadu (1.42%), Haryana (1.42%), Chandigarh (1.43%), Jammu and Kashmir (1.7%), Karnataka (1.76%), Rajasthan (2.09%), Punjab (2.54%) and Uttar Pradesh (2.56%), also have a fatality rate lower than the national average.

The fatality rate is 0% in Manipur, Nagaland, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, Mizoram, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Sikkim.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 1,18,06,256 samples had been tested for COVID-19 till July 12, of these 2,19,103 samples were tested on Sunday. The testing per million is continuously growing and was 8555.25 as of Monday.

The testing lab network in the country is further strengthened with 1,200 labs in the country — 852 labs in the government sector and 348 private labs.