From Our Bureau

21ST JUNE 2020

India witnessed a big surge in COVID-19 positive cases, with a single-day record 15,413 fresh cases reported on Sunday, taking the country’s cumulative tally to 4,10,461. The death toll rose to 13,254, with 306 fatalities in the last 24 hours.

The number of patients recovering from COVID-19 continues to increase. As many as 13,925 patients recovered from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. A total of 2,27,755 patients have been cured of COVID-19 so far. The recovery rate has further improved to 55.49 percent amongst COVID-19 patients.

Presently, 1,69,451 active cases are under medical supervision, according to an update from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Today, the number of recovered patients has crossed the number of active patients by 58,305.    

The trend in the daily numbers shows an increasing rate of recovery and an increasing gap between active and recovered cases. The increase in the proportion of recovered cases is a demonstration of India’s strategy of timely management of COVID-19.

Proactive measures like implementation of lockdown, sensitization of the general public to COVID appropriate behaviour by Government of India in coordination with the States/Union Territories, have significantly restricted the spread.

The lockdown provided a breathing space for the government to ramp up the testing facilities and health infrastructure which ensured improved recovery rate by timely detection and clinical management of COVID-19 cases.

This increasing gap is thus a result of the timely, graded, pre-emptive approach of the government to contain COVID19 and its implementation by countless frontline workers.

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 total number of samples tested thus far is 68,07,226 with 1,90,730 samples tested in the last 24 hours.

As a concerted effort to expand the lab and testing infrastructure, a network of 981 labs has been created in the country as on date. This includes 722 labs in the government sector and 259 in the private sector. The tally comprises Real-Time RT PCR based testing labs: 547 (Govt: 354 + Private: 193); TrueNat based testing labs : 358 (Govt: 341 + Private: 17) and CBNAAT based testing labs : 76 (Govt: 27 + Private: 49).(eom)

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