From Our Bureau

26TH JULY 2020

India witnessed a big surge with 48,661 fresh COVID-19 positive cases reported on Sunday, taking the country’s cumulative tally to 13,85,522. The death toll rose to 32,063, with 705 fatalities recorded in the last 24 hours.

Highest ever recoveries were registered in a single day on Sunday with 36,145 COVID-19 patients cured and discharged in the last 24 hours. This has taken the total number of recovered cases to 8,85,577. The recovery rate has reached 63.92 percent today. This means more patients are recovering thus maintaining the steadily widening difference between recovered and active COVID-19 patients. This gap has crossed 4 lakh and currently stands at 4,17,696. Recovered cases are 1.89 times the active cases numbering 4,67,882.

The Central government has advised all State/Union Territory governments to keep up with and effectively implement the strategy of “Test, Track and Treat.” For the first time, a record number of more than 4,40,000 tests have been conducted in a single day. With 4,42,263 samples tested in the last 24 hours, the number of Test Per Million (TPM) has further increased to 11,805 and cumulative testing to 1,62,91,331. For the first time, the Government labs have set a new record of testing 3,62,153 samples. The private labs have also scaled a new high of 79,878 samples tested in a single day.

The aggressive testing along with ramped up hospital infrastructure by combining public and private sector efforts has enabled early identification and prompt triaging of COVID-19 patients leading to lower fatalities. As a result, the Case Fatality Rate is progressively falling and currently, it is 2.31 percent. India has one of the lowest fatality rates in the world. (eom)

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