From Our Bureau

7TH JULY 2020

India witnessed a big surge with 22,252 fresh COVID-19 positive cases reported on Tuesday, taking the country’s cumulative tally to 7,19,665. The death toll climbed to 20,160, with 467 fatalities in the last 24 hours.

Early detection and timely effective clinical management of COVID-19 cases have resulted in increasing daily recoveries. During the last 24 hours, 15,515 COVID-19 patients have been cured, taking the cumulative figure of recovered cases among COVID-19 patients to 4,39,948 as of today.

Coordinated efforts at all levels of the national and State governments for prevention, containment and management of COVID-19 are showing encouraging results with consistently increasing gap between Recoveries and Active cases. As on date, there are 1,80,391 recovered cases more than the active COVID-19 cases. The recovery rate among COVID-19 patients has increased to 61.13 percent today.

Presently, there are 2,59,557 active cases under medical supervision.

India has one of lowest COVID-19 cases and deaths per million in the world

The WHO Situation Report 168 dated 6th July, 2020 shows that India has one of the lowest cases of COVID-19 per million population. India has 505.37 cases per million population while the global average is at 1453.25.

The Chile has witnessed 15,459.8 cases of COVID-19 per million population, while Peru, US, Brazil and Spain have 9070.8, 8560.5, 7419.1 and 5358.7 cases per million population respectively.

The WHO Situation Report also shows that India has one of the lowest deaths per million population. India has reported 14.27 COVID-related deaths per million population while the global average is more than four times, at 68.29.

The UK has witnessed 651.4 cases of COVID-19 related deaths per million population, while the metric for Spain, Italy, France and US is 607.1, 576.6, 456.7 and 391.0 respectively.

India has ramped up the hospital infrastructure to adequately and effectively manage the cases. The preparedness included arrangement of oxygen support, ICU and ventilator facilities. As on 7th July 2020, there are 1,201 Dedicated COVID Hospitals, 2,611 Dedicated COVID Healthcare Centres and 9,909 COVID Care Centres to look after COVID patients from those with very severe to very mild symptoms. Such level of preparedness has shown results in continuously improving the Recovery Rate and resulting in low Case Fatality Rate.

Enhanced focus on “Test, Trace, Treat”, further augmented with various measures, has facilitated widespread COVID-19 testing by States/UTs. This has resulted in more than 2 lakh tests being conducted per day.  During the last 24 hours 2,41,430 samples have been tested. With this hike, the nationwide samples tested for COVID-19 stands at 1,02,11,092 as of now.

The testing lab network continues to expand with more number of labs being added in various States/lUTs. With 793 labs in the government sector and 322 private labs, there are as many as 1115 labs in the country. These include Real-Time RT PCR based testing labs: 598 (Govt: 372 + Private: 226),TrueNat based testing labs: 423 (Govt: 388 + Private: 35) and CBNAAT based testing labs: 94 (Govt: 33 + Private: 61). (eom)

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