From Our Bureau

12TH JULY 2020

India witnessed a big surge with 28,637 fresh COVID-19 positive cases reported on Sunday, the highest for a single day, taking the country’s cumulative tally to 8,49,553. The death toll mounted to 22,674, with 551 fatalities recorded in the last 24 hours.

Focussed and coordinated steps taken in tandem by the Central Government, along with the States/Union Territories, through a ‘Whole of Government’ approach, bolstered by effective clinical management of COVID-19 after early detection and timely diagnosis has led to a consistent increase in the recovered cases.

In the last 24 hours, 19,235 patients were cured of COVID-19. This has resulted in the cumulative total number of recovered cases among COVID-19 patients rising to 5,34,621 today. The recovery rate has presently improved to 62.93 percent.

As more people are recovering due to all-round efforts, the recovered cases exceed active cases by 2,42,363. Medical attention is being provided to all the 2,92,258 active cases.

The present health infrastructure dedicated to providing medical attention to the COVID affected includes 1,370 Dedicated COVID Hospitals (DCH), 3,062 Dedicated COVID Health Centres (DCHC), and 10,334 COVID Care Centres (CCC).

For the successful operation of these facilities, the Central Government has so far provided 122.36 lakh PPE Kits, 223.33 lakh N95 masks and 21,685 ventilators to various States / UTs / Central Institutions.

Enabling factors like removing all impediments for COVID-19 testing and facilitation of widespread testing by States/UTs continues to result in a steady rise in the samples tested every day. During the last 24 hours, 2,80,151 samples have been tested. The cumulative number of samples tested, as of now, is 1,15,87,153. As a result of these efforts, the testing per million for India is presently 8,396.

A crucial supporting factor in progressive rise in testing numbers is continuous expansion of the country-wide diagnostic lab network, which as on date comprises of 850 labs in the government sector and 344 private labs (total of 1,194 labs). These include: Real-Time RT PCR based testing labs: 624 (Govt: 388 + Private: 236), TrueNat based testing labs: 472 (Govt: 427 + Private: 45) and CBNAAT based testing labs: 98 (Govt: 35 + Private: 63). (eom)

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