From Our Bureau

29TH JULY 2020

India witnessed a big surge with 48,513 fresh COVID-19 positive cases reported on Wednesday, taking the country’s cumulative tally to 15,31,669. The death toll rose to 34,193, with 768 fatalities recorded in the last 24 hours.

Coordinated implementation of “Test Track Treat” strategy by the Central Government and State/ Union Territory governments has effectively ensured that the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) is maintained at a low level when compared to the global scenario, and it has been progressively falling.

The Case Fatality Rate stands at 2.23 percent today and it is lowest since 1st April 2020.

Not only has the CFR been kept low, the successful implementation of effective containment strategy, aggressive testing and standardized clinical management protocols based on holistic Standard of Care approach in tandem have resulted in a consistent trend of more than 30,000 recoveries/day for the sixth consecutive day.

The total number of recovered cases is fast approaching 1 million. With 35,286 patients discharged in the last 24 hours, the total recoveries have jumped to 9,88,029. The recovery rate has reached a high of 64.51 percent amongst COVID-19 patients.

With such consistent increase in recoveries, the gap between recovered patients and active COVID-19 cases currently stands at 4,78,582. All the 5,09,447 active cases are under medical supervision.

The State/UT governments under the guidance of Central Government are steadily ramping up testing to ensure prompt identification and isolation of COVID-19 positive cases. With 4,08,855 samples tested in the last 24 hours, the number of Test Per Million (TPM) has increased to 12,858 and cumulative testing has crossed 1.77 crore.

The testing lab network in the country is continuously strengthened with 1,316 labs in the country– 906 labs in the government sector and 410 private labs.  These include: Real-Time RT PCR based testing labs: 675 (Govt: 411 + Private: 264),  TrueNat based testing labs: 537 (Govt: 465 + Private: 72) and  CBNAAT based testing labs: 104 (Govt: 30 + Private: 74). (eom)

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