From Our Bureau
28th AUGUST 2020
India witnessed a big surge with 77,266 fresh COVID-19 positive cases reported on Friday, the highest ever for a single day, taking the country’s cumulative tally to 33,87,500. The death toll rose to 61,529, with 1,057 fatalities recorded in the last 24 hours.
In pursuance of the Central Government’s strategic and graded TEST, TRACK and TREAT approach, India is registering continuous progress on the recovery front and reduction in the fatality rate. In the past five months, more than 3/4th of COVID-19 cases have recovered and less than 1/4th are active now.
With more patients recovering and being discharged from home isolation (in case of mild and moderate cases) and hospitals (severe and critical cases), India’s COVID-19 recoveries is nearing 26 lakh (25,83,948 today). In the last 24 hours, 60,177 patients have recovered. With these national figures, the Recovery Rate amongst COVID-19 patients has touched 76.28 percent.
The number of recoveries is nearly 3.5 times the active cases, numbering 7,42,023, which comprise 21.90 percent of the total cases. Higher number of recoveries has led to a constantly growing difference between recoveries and active cases. Crossing 18 lakhs, the difference stands at 18,41,925 today.
The Central Government has adopted a graded and evolving strategic response to COVID management in India within the larger evolving global context. The early focus on surveillance and contact tracing through house-to-house survey was continuously strengthened with increase in testing for ensuring early identification of positive cases.
This has ensured prompt isolation of the confirmed positive cases either in supervised home care for the mild and moderate cases, and hospitalisation in case of those who are exhibiting critical symptoms.
The Central Government has led the country-wide response and management with steady ramping up of the hospital infrastructure through the three-tiered Dedicated COVID facilities- Dedicated COVID Hospitals (DCHs) with ICU beds, ventilators etc., for critical care management; Dedicated COVID Health Centres (DCHCs) with oxygen beds and doctor on call facility; and COVID Care Centres (CCCs) with isolation beds.
As on date, the country has 1,723 DCHs, 3,883 DCHCs and 11,689 CCCs with a total of 15,89,105 isolation beds, 2,17,128 oxygen supported beds and 57,380 ICU beds. Effective treatment of the positive cases has resulted in a progressively dipping Case Fatality Rate, which is pegged at 1.82 percent today.
Total tests near a new peak of 4 crore
India has tested more than 9 lakh COVID-19 samples each day for the second consecutive day, keeping a sharp focus on “TEST, TRACK AND TREAT” strategy of the Central Government. India has already created a capacity of doing 10 lakh tests per day. 9,01,338 samples were tested in the last 24 hours.
With this steady rise, the cumulative tests are nearing 4 crore. The total tests as on date have reached 3,94,77,848. More than 1 crore samples have been tested for COVID in the past two weeks.
The Tests Per Million Population too have seen a sharp surge to 28,607. It is only by aggressive testing that positive cases can be identified at an early stage, their close contacts promptly tracked and isolated as well as timely and effective treatment can be ensured.
The graded and evolving response has resulted in a testing strategy that steadily widened the testing net in the country. To keep up with this strategy, the testing lab network in the country is continuously strengthened which, as on today, consists of 1,564 labs in the country– 998 labs in the government sector and 566 private labs.
These include: Real-Time RT PCR based testing labs: 801 (Govt: 461 + Private: 340), TrueNat based testing labs: 643 (Govt: 503 + Private: 140) and CBNAAT based testing labs: 120 (Govt: 34 + Private: 86). (eom)