From Our Bureau
1ST AUGUST 2020
India witnessed a big surge with 57,406 fresh COVID-19 positive cases reported on Saturday, the highest for a single day, taking the country’s cumulative tally to 16,95,986. The death toll rose to 36,511, with 764 fatalities recorded in the last 24 hours.
At the same time, India continues to maintain the record of registering and maintaining the lowest COVID-19 mortality rate at the global platform. The Case Fatality Rate stands at 2.15 percent today and it is lowest since the 1st Lockdown started. It has been continuously declining from around 3.33 percent in mid-June.
This is a testimony to the focused, coordinated, pre-emptive, graded and evolving “Test Track Treat” strategy and efforts of the Central Government along with the State/Union Territory governments. Emphasis on early detection through aggressive testing and effective clinical management of the hospitalized cases have resulted in the continuously falling Case Fatality Rate indicating that India has been able to successfully contain the fatality rate of COVID-19.
Along with the CFR at a low rate, the successful implementation of effective containment strategy, aggressive testing and standardized clinical management protocols based on a comprehensive Standard of Care approach have resulted in a consistent addition of more than 30,000 recoveries per day.
The total number of recovered cases is nearly 11 lakh. With 36,569 patients discharged in the last 24 hours, the total recoveries have jumped to 10,94,374. The recovery rate stands at 64.53 percent amongst COVID-19 patients.
With such consistent increase in recoveries, the gap between recovered patients and active COVID-19 cases currently stands at 5,29,271. The Active cases, numbering 5,65,103, are under medical supervision.
The 3-tier hospital infrastructure with seamless patient management has ensured prompt triaging and treatment. As on today, there are 1,488 dedicated COVID Hospitals with 2,49,358 isolation beds, 31,639 ICU beds and 1,09,119 oxygen supported beds and 16,678 ventilators.
Besides, there are 3,231 dedicated COVID Health Centres with 2,07,239 Isolation beds, 18,613 ICU beds and 74,130 oxygen supported beds and 6,668 ventilators. Moreover, 10,755 COVID Care Centres with 10,02,681 beds are now available to combat COVID-19 in the country.
The Central Government has also provided 273.85 lakh N95 masks, 121.5 lakh Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs) and 1083.77 lakh HCQ tablets to the States/ UTs / Central Institutions. (eom)