From Our Bureau   

18TH AUGUST 2020

India witnessed a big surge with 55,079 fresh COVID-19 positive cases reported on Tuesday, taking the country’s cumulative tally to 27,02,742. The death toll rose to 51,797, with 876 fatalities recorded in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, India has set another record in COVID-19 tests conducted per day. Nearly 9 lakh (8,99,864) tests have been conducted in a single day, the highest so far. With this, the cumulative tests have reached 3,09,41,264.

Even with such a high level of testing, the positivity has remained low i.e. 8.81 percent compared to the weekly national average i.e. 8.84 percent.

India has also recorded the highest single day recoveries of 57,937 in the last 24 hours. This is higher than the confirmed cases added during the day, that is, 55,079.

With more patients recovering and being discharged from hospitals and home isolation (in case of mild and moderate cases), the total recoveries have reached nearly 20 lakh (19,77,779). With this, the gap between the recovered patients and the active cases has crossed 13 lakh today (13,04,613).

Continuous increase in average daily recoveries has led to India’s Recovery Rate touching 73.18 percent and a low Case Fatality Rate (1.92 percent). As a result of collaborative and focused efforts by the Central Government and State/Union Territory governments built on effective implementation of the TEST, TRACK, TREAT strategy of the Central Government, 30 States/UTs are reporting lower CFR than the national average.

Aggressive TESTING leads to early identification and isolation of  positive cases. This coupled with efficient clinical treatment has ensured a low Fatality Rate.

The actual case load of the country i.e. the active cases, numbering 6,73,166, is only 24.91 percent of the total positive cases. This figure is also exhibiting a steady downward trajectory.

An ever-expanding national network of diagnostic labs has ensured the exponentially growing number of tests being conducted across the country. As on date, 1,476 total labs are operational with 971 labs in the government sector and 505 private labs. These include: Real-Time RT PCR based testing labs: 755 (Govt: 450 + Private: 305), TrueNat based testing labs: 604 (Govt: 487 + Private: 117) and CBNAAT based testing labs: 117 (Govt: 34 + Private: 83). (eom)

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