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Coronavirus: Chhattisgarh has high recovery rate 69%, Kerala 62%, MP just 6.7%

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Shams Ur Rehman Alavi

As India battles Coronavirus, the recovery rate of patients presents a diverse picture.

Kerala has a high rate of patients who have recovered--it is well over 62% and Chhattisgarh, a state with comparatively much less cases is also witnessing an encouraging rate (around 69%), which is, in fact, the highest in India.

While the Southern state had better detection and also focused on treatment much earlier, as the initial cases were reported from here, the state has also flattened the curve and recorded fewer deaths (just 2 dead). In comparison, Maharashtra has recorded 194 deaths, and Madhya Pradesh has registered 69 deaths.

If recovery rate is taken into consideration, then among bigger states, Karnataka (26%), Telangana (26.7%) and West Bengal (18.18%) have a better rate, compared to Uttar Pradesh (8.4%), Gujarat (7.8%), Madhya Pradesh (6.7%). These three states have less than 10% recovery rate, especially, MP.

In case of Maharashtra, it is at around 9%. The recovery rate in Andhra Pradesh and Delhi is even less. However, Bihar figures much better, though there are aspects which need to be considered e.g. testing rate that differ a lot from state to state. 

WORRYING: Death figures vary from 2 in Kerala to 69 in MP, 194 in Maharashtra

Doctors say that if the infection is recent then the person is an ongoing case and it is only after he tests negative that he is 'recovered'. Kerala had patients even before Maharashtra, so more recovery. But what comes as striking is the difference in deaths--a sharp difference.

"The number of deaths usually depends on the composition of population to begin with. How many are old, how many are young, how many have other diseases like diabetes and hypertension, for example, and also access to healthcare", says a top health professional.

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"So, if your overall access to good health care is better, your state will do well", he avers. The experts also say that sooner or later, the average recovery rate would reach a similar stage. The most important factor is the response to the crisis--more testing, better health facilities, efficient administration, strong political will and overall better coordination in any state that would make the difference in containing Covid 19. 

The recovery rate is much higher in Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Odisha, Tamil Nadu followed by Punjab, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir et al. These figures were till April 16, 2020. The data needs to be analyzed and can help experts about the right strategies, and could also help people understand ways to tackle Covid 19.

Shams Ur Rehman Alavi

Journalist for more than 20 years. Had started his career with National Mail in the nineties. Worked as Special Correspondent with Hindustan Times, as an Assistant Editor with DB Post, later Contributing Editor with The Huffington Post, writes for First Post, The Wire, Newsd & several other major publications.