From Our Bureau                                                          


India witnessed a big surge with 52,509 fresh COVID-19 positive cases reported on Wednesday, taking the country’s cumulative tally to 19,08,254. The death toll rose to 39,795, with 857 fatalities recorded in the last 24 hours.

India has recorded the highest ever single day recoveries in the last 24 hours. With 51,706 COVID-19 patients recovering, the recovery rate has reached a new high of 67.19 percent and continues to improve each day. The recoveries till now total up to 12,82,215, more than twice the active cases.

The aggressive testing along with ramped up hospital infrastructure by collective efforts of the public and private sectors has ensured the increasing Recovery Rate which has improved from 63 percent to 67 percent in the last 14 days.

With consistent increase in recoveries, the gap between recovered patients and active COVID-19 cases has reached nearly 7 lakh. Due to the record highest daily recoveries, the active cases have reduced to 5,86,244 and all are under medical supervision.

Coordinated implementation of “Test, Track, Treat” strategy by the Central Government and State/Union Territory governments has ensured that the CFR has been low when compared to the global scenario and it has been progressively falling. The Case Fatality Rate stands at 2.09 percent today.

India has continued testing more than 6 lakh COVID-19 samples for the second consecutive day. The resolve of Central Government and State/UT Governments to follow aggressive testing as the first important step in the early detection and treatment/home isolation of COVID-19 positive cases has resulted in India rapidly increasing the number of tests done per day.

The graded and evolving response resulted in a testing strategy that steadily widened the testing network in the country. With 6,19,652 tests conducted in the last 24 hours, the cumulative testing as on date has reached 2,14,84,402. The Tests Per Million has seen a sharp increase to 15,568.

To keep up with the comprehensive “TEST, TRACK and TREAT” strategy, the testing lab network in the country is being continuously strengthened. The lab network as on today consists of 1,366 labs in the country with 920 labs in the government sector and 446 private labs. These include: Real-Time RT PCR based testing labs: 696 (Govt: 421 + Private: 275), TrueNat based testing labs: 561 (Govt: 467 + Private: 94) and CBNAAT based testing labs: 109 (Govt: 32 + Private: 77). (eom)

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