From Our Bureau

8TH JULY 2020

India witnessed a big surge with 22,752 fresh COVID-19 positive cases reported on Wednesday, taking the country’s cumulative tally to 7,42,417. The death toll climbed to 20,642, with 482 fatalities in the last 24 hours.

Growing healthcare infrastructure of various types of COVID facilities adequately supported by ICU and oxygen supported beds, ventilators and other equipment has facilitated and ensured timely detection and effective clinical management of COVID-19 positive cases.

With more COVID-19 patients recovering, the gap between the number of recovered cases and active cases has increased by 1,91,887 as on date. During the last 24 hours, 16,883 COVID-19 patients have been cured, taking the cumulative figure of recovered cases to 4,56,831 so far. The rate of recovery among COVID-19 patients continues to increase over the days. It has touched 61.53 percent today.

Presently, there are 2,64,944 active cases under medical supervision.

The number of samples being tested for detection of COVID-19 is substantially growing every day. During the last 24 hours, 2,62,679 samples have been tested, of which more than 53,000 samples have been tested in private labs. The cumulative number of samples tested, as of now, is 1,04,73,771. As a result, the tests per million today stand at 7,180. This is because of the sharply focussed “Test, Trace, Treat” strategy of the Central Government, in coordination with the States/Union Territories.

A crucial component in the appreciable growth in the COVID-19 testing is the increased number of diagnostic labs across the country. With 795 labs in the government sector and 324 private labs, there are as many as 1,119 labs in the country. These include:  Real-Time RT PCR based testing labs: 600 (Govt: 372 + Private: 228), TrueNat based testing labs: 426 (Govt: 390 + Private: 36) and CBNAAT based testing labs: 93 (Govt: 33 + Private: 60). (eom)

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