From Our Bureau

24TH JUNE 2020

India witnessed a big surge in COVID-19 positive cases, with 15,968 fresh cases reported on Wednesday, taking the country’s cumulative tally to 4,56,183. The death toll rose to 14,476, with 465 fatalities in the last 24 hours.

The number of COVID-19 patients recovering every day is growing too.  During the last 24 hours, 10,495 COVID-19 patients have been cured. So far, a total of 2,58,685 patients have been cured of COVID-19. The recovery rate is 56.71 percent amongst COVID-19 patients.

Presently, there are 1,83,022 active cases and all are under medical supervision. The difference between the recovered patients and the active COVID-19 cases continues to widen. Today the number of recovered patients has crossed the number of active patients by 75,663.

The testing capacity for detecting the novel Corona virus in infected persons in the country is continuously being ramped up. The country now has the capacity to test 3 lakh samples per day. The number of samples being tested per day is also steadily rising as is the number of total samples tested.  In a significant development, more than 2 lakh samples/day were tested in the last 24 hours, the highest so far.

With 2,15,195 samples tested yesterday, the total number of samples tested thus far is 73,52,911. While 1,71,587 samples were tested in Government labs, 43,608 were tested by private labs. Private labs have also reached the highest per day sampling with this quantity.

As a testimony to the ever growing network of diagnostic labs for testing COVID-19, India now has 1,000 labs across the country. This includes 730 in the government sector and 270 private labs. The tally comprises Real-Time RT PCR based testing labs: 557 (Govt: 359 + Private: 198); TrueNat based testing labs : 363 (Govt: 343 + Private: 20) and CBNAAT based testing labs : 80 (Govt: 28 + Private: 52).

Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that a 10,000-bed COVID Care Centre at Radha Swami Beas in Delhi will be operational by 26th June. The work is in full swing and a large part of the facility will be operational by Friday.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had written to the Union Home Minister inviting him to inspect the COVID Care Centre at Radha Soami Satsang Beas campus in Chhattarpur. Delhi CM had also requested for deployment of doctors and nurses from ITBP and Army at the Centre.

Responding to him, Amit Shah said the Ministry of Home Affairs has assigned the work of operating the COVID Care Centre at Radha Swami Beas in Delhi to ITBP.

He pointed out that a1,000-bed full-fledged hospital with 250 ICU beds for Covid patients will be ready next week. “With the support of the Central Government, DRDO and Tata Trust are building the facility. Armed forces personnel will man it.

Armed Forces personnel have been detailed for providing medical care and attention to COVID patients housed in the Railway coaches in Delhi. 8,000 additional beds have already been placed at Delhi government’s disposal for making COVID Care Centres, as per requirement, he added.

With this, around 20,000 beds will be added in the National Capital by next week. (eom)

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