From Our Bureau
25th AUGUST 2020
India witnessed a big surge with 60,975 fresh COVID-19 positive cases reported on Tuesday, taking the country’s cumulative tally to 31,67,323. The death toll rose to 58,390, with 848 fatalities recorded in the last 24 hours.
India has registered the highest recoveries in a single day. 66,550 COVID-19 patients have recovered and been discharged in the last 24 hours. In a testimony of the government’s policy of TESTING aggressively, TRACKING comprehensively and TREATING efficiently, the total number of recoveries has crossed 24 lakh (24,04,585).
With this, India’s Recovery Rate amongst the COVID-19 patients has reached 76 percent (75.92 percent). The number of recovered patients has outpaced the active cases, numbering 7,04,348, by more than 17 lakh. The recovered patients are 3.41 times the active cases, as on date.
There has been more than 100 percent hike in the recoveries in the last 25 days.
The record high recoveries have ensured that the actual caseload of the country, viz. the active cases, has reduced and currently comprises only 22.24 percent of the total positive cases.
As a result of the combined efforts of the Central Government and the States/Union Territories, there have been focused and effective measures of testing, containment through surveillance and contact tracing, isolation in home setting and institutions, coupled with efficient treatment in upgraded medical infrastructure through three categories of COVID facilities.
These comprise the Dedicated COVID Care Centres, Dedicated COVID Health Centres and Dedicated COVID Hospitals. These sustained measures have collectively borne results. The steadily falling Case Fatality Rates stands at 1.84 percent today.
Keeping the focus on “Test, Track and Treat” strategy, India has tested nearly 3.7 crore cumulative COVID-19 samples so far. With India’s strong resolve to rapidly increase the number of daily tests, the cumulative testing as on date has reached 3,68,27,520.
With 9,25,383 tests conducted in the last 24 hours, the Tests Per Million Population have seen a sharp rise to 26,685.
As the first step towards timely identification, prompt isolation and effective treatment, higher testing also results in limiting the spread of infection.
Starting from a single lab at Pune, India’s testing lab network has seen a substantial widening with total of 1,524 labs today. The 986 labs in the government sector and 538 private labs include: Real-Time RT PCR based testing labs: 787 (Govt: 459 + Private: 328), TrueNat based testing labs: 619 (Govt: 493 + Private: 126) and CBNAAT based testing labs: 118 (Govt: 34 + Private: 84). (eom)