From Our Bureau   

13TH AUGUST 2020

India witnessed a big surge with 66,999 fresh COVID-19 positive cases reported on Thursday, the highest ever for a single day, taking the country’s cumulative tally to 23,96,637. The death toll rose to 47,033, with 942 fatalities recorded in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, India also touched another peak of highest ever single day recoveries of 56,383. With this, the total recovered COVID-19 patients have touched nearly 17 lakh (16,95,982) today.

The concerted, focussed and collaborative efforts of the Central Government and the State/Union Territory governments along with support of lakhs of frontline workers have ensured the successful implementation of TESTING aggressively, TRACKING comprehensively & TREATING efficiently through an array of measures including supervised home isolation, and effective clinical management of severe and critical patients through the Standard of Care advised by the Centre.

With increasing number of recoveries, while the Recovery Rate has crossed 70 percent (70.77 percent today), the case mortality among COVID patients has further regressed to 1.96 percent, and it is steadily declining.

The record high recoveries have ensured that the actual caseload of the country which is the Active Cases has reduced and currently is only 27.27 percent of the total positive cases. The recoveries exceed the active cases, numbering 6,53,622, by more than 10 lakh.

India conducts a record 8.3 lakh tests in a single day

Crossing the 8 lakh/day milestone of tests in a single day, India has registered a record high of 8,30,391 tests conducted in the last 24 hours. In pursuance of the “Test, Track and Treat” strategy, India is geared up to reach the testing capacity of 10 lakh tests per day shortly.

The strong resolve and determination of Central Government and State/UT Governments to follow aggressive testing as the first important step in the early detection and isolation of COVID-19 positive cases has resulted in India rapidly increasing the number of tests done per day. The week-wise average daily tests conducted saw a sharp increase from around 2.3 lakh in the first week of July 2020 to more than 6.3 lakh in the current week.

With a record 8 lakh tests done in the last 24 hours, the cumulative testing as on date has jumped to 2,68,45,688. The Tests Per Million population has seen a sharp increase to 19,453.

A strong determinant of this milestone has been the sustained expansion of testing labs across the country. From merely one lab in January 2020, the country is today served by 1,433 labs with 947 in the government sector and 486 private labs. This is a testimony to the coordinated efforts of the Central Government and the State/UT governments.

The different types of labs include: Real-Time RT PCR based testing labs: 733 (Govt: 434 + Private: 299), TrueNat based testing labs: 583 (Govt: 480 + Private: 103) and CBNAAT based testing labs: 117 (Govt: 33 + Private: 84).

Central Government distributes more than 1.28 crore PPEs to States

In the relentless work of State/UT governments for containment and management of COVID-19, the Central Government’s crucial role has been in strengthening health infrastructure to fight the pandemic and its effective management.

Along with augmenting COVID-19 facilities, the Central Government has been providing medical supplies free of cost to the State/UT governments to supplement their efforts. Most of the products supplied by Government of India were not being manufactured in the country in the beginning. The rising global demand due to the pandemic resulted in their scarce availability in the foreign markets.

With the combined efforts of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Ministry of Textiles and Ministry of Pharmaceuticals, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and others, the domestic industry has been encouraged and facilitated to manufacture and supply essential medical equipment such as PPEs, N95 masks, ventilators etc., during this period. As a result, resolve for ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ and ‘Make in India’ has been strengthened and most of the supplies made by the Central Government are domestically manufactured.

Since 11th March 2020, the Central Government has distributed more than 3.04 crore N95 masks and 1.28 crore PPE kits to States / UTs / Central Institutions, free of cost. Also, more than 10.83 crore HCQ tablets have been distributed to them. In addition, 22,533 ‘Make in India’ ventilators have been delivered to various States / UTs / Central Institutions. The Central Government is also ensuring their installation and commissioning. (eom)

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