From Our Bureau

22ND JULY 2020

India witnessed a big surge with 37,724 fresh COVID-19 positive cases reported on Wednesday, taking the country’s cumulative tally to 11,92,915. The death toll rose to 28,732, with 648 fatalities recorded in the last 24 hours.

Highest ever recoveries have been registered in a single day, i.e. 28,472. This is also the highest number of COVID-19 patients cured/discharged in last 24 hours. With this, the number of patients who have recovered stands at 7,53,050. This has strongly boosted the recovery rate among COVID-19 patients to 63.13 percent.

The constantly increasing number of recovered patients has further widened the difference with active cases (4,11,133 today) to 3,41,917. This difference is showing a progressively growing upward trend.

While the national recovery rate has improved, 19 States and UTs are posting a recovery rate higher than the national average.

The consistently increasing number of recovered persons and growing difference between the active and recovered patients are a testimony that the strategies adopted by the Central Government and implemented by the State/ Union Territory governments are bearing desired outcomes.

The primary focus has been on early detection through house-to-house surveys, surveillance, contact tracing, effective containment plans, screening of the vulnerable populace and wide-spread testing.  The ramped up three-tier health infrastructure and well executed Standard of Care Protocol have aided in effective treatment in the hospitals and through home isolation.

In the last 24 hours, 3,43,243 samples were tested. Cumulatively 1,47,24,546 samples have been tested in the country.

AIIMS, New Delhi along with the Centres of Excellence in the States/UTs have bolstered the clinical treatment and critical care of ICU patients, thereby managing to reduce the Case Fatality rate in India. The e-ICU program of AIIMS, New Delhi is one more avenue of Centre-State cooperation which is aimed at reducing mortality.

Conducted twice a week, these tele-consultation sessions have mentored and supported big COVID-19 hospitals in States through shared experiences and technical advice from domain experts in clinical management of ICU patients. With the dedicated efforts of healthcare workers the recoveries are improving and case fatality is continuously falling, which currently stands at 2.41 percent. (eom)

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