From Our Bureau   

20TH AUGUST 2020

India witnessed a big surge with 69,652 fresh COVID-19 positive cases reported on Wednesday, the highest for a single day, taking the country’s cumulative tally to 28,36,925. The death toll rose to 53,866, with 977 fatalities recorded in the last 24 hours.

With more patients recovering and being discharged from hospitals and home isolation (in case of mild and moderate cases), India’s total COVID-19 recoveries have reached nearly 21 lakh today. Recovery of 20,96,664 patients has been made possible because of effective implementation of the policy of TESTING aggressively, TRACKING comprehensively and  TREATING efficiently.

  Focus on Standard of Care protocol, including use of non-invasive oxygen, better skilled doctors in the ICUs and hospitals and improved ambulance services,  culminated in yielding the desired results.

With the recoveries of 58,794 in the last 24 hours, India’s Recovery Rate amongst the COVID-19 patients has reached nearly 74 percent (73.9 percent) reflecting that the number of patients recovering is on a steady rise over the past several months.

India has posted more than 14 lakh (14,10,269) recoveries than the active cases, numbering 6,86,395, which are under active medical care. The record high recoveries have ensured that the actual caseload of the country, viz. the active cases, has reduced and currently comprises only 24.2 percent of the total positive cases.

Early identification through TESTING, surveillance and contact TRACING along with focus on timely and appropriate clinical TREATMENT of COVID19 patients have ensured that not only the Case Fatality Rate is lower than the global average and progressively declining ( current figure is 1.90 percent), but also a small proportion of the active cases are on ventilator support.

For the first time, a record number of more than 9 lakh COVID tests have been conducted in a single day. With 9,18,470 COVID-19 tests done in the last 24 hours, India is poised to see an exponential increase towards its resolve of testing 10 lakh samples daily.

With this achievement, the cumulative tests are more than 3.25 crore (3,26,61,252).

Expanded diagnostic lab network across the country and effective measures to facilitate easy testing have given a substantial boost to the present numbers. As a result of these focussed actions, the Tests Per Million Population (TPM) have seen a sharp increase to 23,668. The TPM continues to maintain the constant upward trend.

With constantly increasing testing numbers, there has been a commensurate fall in the positivity rate. Although higher number of tests will push the positivity rate initially, but as the experience from several States/Union Territories has amply depicted, it will eventually lower when combined with other measures such as prompt isolation, effective tracking and timely clinical management.

As the national average falls below 8 percent, there are 26 States/UTs that are reporting lower rates than the national average.

There has been a steady rise in the national network of diagnostic labs too. With 977 labs in the government sector and 517 private labs, the lab infrastructure has been enhanced to 1,494 labs today. These include: Real-Time RT PCR based testing labs: 764 (Govt: 453 + Private: 311), TrueNat based testing labs: 611 (Govt: 490 + Private: 121) and CBNAAT based testing labs: 119 (Govt: 34 + Private: 85). (eom)

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