From Our Bureau  

8th SEPTEMBER 2020

India witnessed a big spurt with 75,809 fresh COVID-19 positive cases reported on Tuesday, taking the country’s cumulative cases to 42,80,422. The death toll rose to 72,775, with 1,133 fatalities recorded in the last 24 hours.

Incidentally, India has moved to the second place now in total number of COVID-19 positive cases among the countries across the world. It ranks next to the United States in overall number of cases. India now ranks third in total number of fatalities, after the United States and Brazil, which occupy the top two slots. Moreover, the daily tally of cases and deaths in India is the highest among all the countries across the globe now.

More than 77.65 percent of the total cases of COVID-19 have recovered so far in India. The total number of recoveries has crossed 33 lakh (33,23,950). The single day recoveries are also touching a new high. As many as 73,521 COVID-19 patients have recovered and been discharged in the last 24 hours.

The number of recovered patients has outpaced the active cases (8,83,697) by more than 24 lakh, and are more than 3.7 times the active cases. As on date, the active cases accounted for only 20.65 percent of the total cases.

India’s Case Fatality Rate (CFR) is maintained below the global average and it stands at 1.70 percent today.

India scales a new peak of 5 crore total COVID tests

Aggressive and widespread TESTING has essayed an important role in India’s fight against the COVID pandemic. India has scaled another peak- the cumulative tests have surpassed 5 crore today.

India has come a long way from conducting just one test from the lab at National Institute of Virology in January 2020 to 5,06,50,128 today. As many 10,98,621 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours testifying to the enlarged testing capacity in the country.

The average daily tests conducted (week wise) are demonstrating a consistent increase. This has registered a 3.2 times expansion from third week of July (3,26,971) to first week of September (10,46,470).

In its Guidance Note on “Public Health Criteria to Adjust Public Health and Social Measures in the Context of COVID-19,” WHO has advised countries to conduct 140 tests per day per million population for comprehensive surveillance for suspect cases. The average week-on-week data for India shows a rising improvement on this front.

Expanding network of diagnostic labs has given a boost to Tests per Million Population. The TPM  have seen a sharp rise from  6,396 on 1st of July to 36,703 as of today. The testing lab network in the country is continuously strengthened which, as on today, consists of 1,668 labs in the country—1,035 labs in the government sector and 633 private labs. These include: Real-Time RT PCR based testing labs: 846 (Govt: 467 + Private: 379), TrueNat based testing labs: 700 (Govt: 534 + Private: 166) and CBNAAT based testing labs: 122 (Govt: 34 + Private: 88). (eom)

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