The first patient, who was administered convalescent plasma therapy on compassionate grounds at Max Hospital in Saket, has now fully recovered and was discharged on Sunday.

Dr Sangeeta told ANI: "It is an encouraging news for India. He was finally discharged today. He will be in home quarantine for another two weeks as per the government norm."

The 49-year-old critically ill patient was administered fresh plasma as a treatment modality as a side-line to standard treatment protocols on the night of April 14.