From Our Bureau   

21st AUGUST 2020

India witnessed a big surge with 68,898 fresh COVID-19 positive cases reported on Thursday, taking the country’s cumulative tally to 29,05,823. The death toll rose to 54,849, with 983 fatalities recorded in the last 24 hours.

On a continuous path of registering high single-day recoveries of COVID-19 cases, India has touched another peak of 62,282 patients getting discharged in the past 24 hours.

With more patients recovering and being discharged from hospitals and home isolation (in case of mild and moderate cases), the total recoveries have crossed the 21.5 lakh mark today (21,58,946).

The gap between recovered patients and active COVID-19 cases has increased and reached 14,66,918 today. As a higher number of patients recover, their percentage rate continues to steeply rise along with steady decline in percentage of Active Cases. India’s Recovery Rate has soared to 74.29 percent today. This is bolstered by 33 States and Union Territories reporting Recovery Rate of more than 50 percent.

The current active cases, numbering 6,92,028, comprise the actual case load of the country. It is 23.82 percent of the total positive cases today, registering further drop in the last 24 hours.  They are under active medical supervision.

A sharpened focus on improved and effective clinical treatment in hospitals, supervised home isolation, use of non-invasive oxygen support, improved services of the ambulances for ferrying patients for prompt and timely treatment, upgradation of clinical skills of doctors treating COVID-19 patients by active technical guidance through tele-consultation sessions of AIIMS, New Delhi etc., have together led to point-to-point and efficient patient management.

This has ensured that India’s Case Fatality Rate (CFR) is maintained below the global average. It is on a continuous positive slide and currently stands at 1.89 percent.

As many as 8,05,985 samples were tested in the last 24 hours for identification of the disease. This has taken the cumulative tests to 3,3,467,237.

The testing lab network in the country is being continuously strengthened which, as on today, consists of 1,504 labs in the country– 978 labs in the government sector and 526 private labs. These include: Real-Time RT PCR based testing labs: 772 (Govt: 453 + Private: 319), TrueNat based testing labs: 614 (Govt: 491 + Private: 123) and  CBNAAT based testing labs: 118 (Govt: 34 + Private: 84). (eom)

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