From Our Bureau

23RD JULY 2020

India witnessed a big surge with 45,720 fresh COVID-19 positive cases reported on Thursday, the highest for a single day, taking the country’s cumulative tally to 12,38,635. The death toll rose to 29,861, with as many as 1,129 fatalities recorded in the last 24 hours.

For the second day in a row, recoveries in a single day continue to post significant rise. The last 24 hours saw the highest ever single day number of patients cured and discharged i.e. 29,557.

While the total number of recovered cases has jumped to 7,82,607, there has been appreciable growth in the recovery rate, which stands at 63.18 percent. Higher number of patients getting cured and discharged has contributed to increasing gap between recovered and total active cases. It is pegged at 3,56,440 today.

This accomplishment can be attributed to the Central Government-led COVID-19 management strategies. Sustained efforts by the Central Government and States/Union Territories are resulting in more effective containment, aggressive testing, and prompt and efficient clinical treatment strategies.

These are guided by the teams of domain experts in the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare such as the Joint Monitoring Group (JMG) and ably complemented by the technical experts at AIIMS, New Delhi, Centres of Excellence in various States/UTs, ICMR and NCDC.

The Central Government continues to coordinate with the efforts of the States/UTs by sending Central teams of experts to areas witnessing increase in caseload and handholding of COVID hospitals in States through the tele-consultation program led by AIIMS, New Delhi. These combined efforts have resulted in Case Fatality Rate being managed at low levels. It is 2.41 percent, as on date, and steadily declining.

This has also helped in reducing the actual case load of COVID-19 cases which remains confined to 4,26,167 active patients only.

In the last 24 hours, 3,50,823 samples were tested. Cumulatively 1,50,75,369 samples have been tested in the country. (eom)

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