From Our Bureau

13TH JULY 2020            

India witnessed a big surge with 28,701 fresh COVID-19 positive cases reported on Monday, the highest for a single day, taking the country’s cumulative tally to 8,78,254. The death toll mounted to 23,174, with 500 fatalities recorded in the last 24 hours.

The series of pro-active, pre-emptive and coordinated steps taken by the Central Government and the State governments for containment and prevention of COVID-19 has contributed to a gradual surge in COVID-19 recovery.

Aggressive testing coupled with timely diagnosis has led to identifying COVID affected patients before they progress into an advanced stage of the disease; effective implementation of containment zones and surveillance activities ensured that the rate of infection stays under control.

The norms and standards for care of Home Isolation along with use of oxymeters have helped to keep a check on the asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic patients without burdening the hospital infrastructure.

Such graded policy and holistic approach has led to the recovery of 18,850 people in the last 24 hours, taking the total cumulative number of recovered cases among COVID-19 patients to 5,53,471.

The recovery rate has further improved to 63.02 percent today. 19 States have a recovery rate higher than the national average.

There are 3,01,609 active cases and they are all under medical supervision either in hospitals, COVID care centres or in home isolation. There are 2,51,862 more recovered cases than active cases.

India’s fatality rate has also dropped to 2.64 percent owing to the enhanced stress on clinical management of critical cases. AIIMS Delhi continues to handhold the Dedicated COVID Hospitals through COVID-19 National Tele-consultation Centre. 30 States have a fatality rate lower than the national average.

During the last 24 hours, 2,19,103 samples were tested. The cumulative number of samples tested, as of now is 1,18,06,256. The testing per million is continuously growing. It is 8555 today.

The testing lab network in the country is further strengthened with 1,200 labs in the country; 852 labs in the government sector and 348 private labs. These include: Real-Time RT PCR based testing labs: 626 (Govt: 389 + Private: 237), TrueNat based testing labs: 474 (Govt: 428 + Private: 46) and CBNAAT based testing labs: 100 (Govt: 35 + Private: 65). (eom)

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