From Our Bureau

22nd JUNE 2020

India witnessed a big surge in COVID-19 positive cases, with 14,821 fresh cases reported on Monday, taking the country’s cumulative tally to 4,25,282. The death toll rose to 13,699, with 445 fatalities in the last 24 hours.

So far, a total of 2,37,196 patients have been cured of COVID-19. During the last 24 hours, 9,440 COVID-19 patients have been cured. The recovery rate is 55.77 percent amongst COVID-19 patients.

Presently, there are 1,74,387 active cases and all are under medical supervision. The difference between the recovered patients and the active COVID-19 cases continues to widen. Today the number of recovered patients has crossed the number of active patients by 62,809.

The WHO Situation Report 153 dated 21st June, 2020 shows that India has one of the lowest cases per lakh population in spite of its high population density. India’s cases per lakh population are 30.04 while the global average is more than its triple at 114.67. The US has 671.24 cases per lakh population while the metric for Germany, Spain and Brazil is 583.88, 526.22 and 489.42 respectively.

This low figure is thus a testimony to the graded, pre-emptive and pro-active approach the Government of India along with the States/UTs took for the prevention, containment and management of COVID-19.

The testing capacity for detecting the novel Corona virus in infected persons in the country is continuously being ramped up. The country now has the capacity to test 3 lakh samples per day. The number of samples being tested per day is also steadily rising as is the number of total samples tested. The total number of samples tested thus far is 69,50,493 with 1,43,267 samples tested in the last 24 hours.

A network of 985 labs has been created in the country as on date. This includes 723 labs in the government sector and 262 in the private sector. The tally comprises Real-Time RT PCR based testing labs: 549 (Govt: 354 + Private: 195); TrueNat based testing labs : 359 (Govt: 341 + Private: 18) and CBNAAT based testing labs : 77 (Govt: 27 + Private: 49).(eom)

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