From Our Bureau
9TH AUGUST 2020
India witnessed a big surge with 64,399 fresh COVID-19 positive cases reported on Sunday, the highest ever for a single day, taking the country’s cumulative tally to 21,53,010. The death toll rose to 43,379, with 861 fatalities recorded in the last 24 hours.
India’s approach to tackling COVID-19 pandemic has started showing results and recoveries are also increasing exponentially. India has recorded the highest number of recoveries in a single day with 53,879 COVID patients having recovered and discharged in the last 24 hours. With this, the total number of recovered cases has touched a high of 14,80,884 today.
This is more than twice the number of active cases, which are 6,28,747 today. The number of recovered cases has touched another high of 2.36 times the active cases, which are all under medical attention either in home isolation or in hospitals.
With higher number of recovered patients, the Recovery Rate, which has continued on its growth graph, stands at 68.78 percent today. The widening difference between recovered and active cases, indicative of the higher number of recoveries as compared to those either in hospitals or in home isolation, is 8,52,137 today.
Higher number of recoveries is a result of focused implementation of the various actions taken collectively by the Central Government and State/Union Territory governments towards ramping up hospital and clinical management infrastructure aimed at providing quality clinical care based on the Standard of Care, as advised by the Central Government in its Clinical Treatment Protocol. Due to these efforts, the Case Fatality Rate has further slumped, touching 2.01 percent today.
India touches a new peak of 7,19,364 tests in a day
In a new high, India has scaled the peak of testing more than 7 lakhs tests in a single day. Continuing the streak of more than 6 lakh tests in a single day for several days, India’s tests have grown exponentially. 7,19,364 tests were done in the last 24 hours. The cumulative number of tests conducted so far reached 2,41,06,535.
Such high level of testing will also lead to high number of daily positive cases, however States have been advised to firmly focus on comprehensive tracking, prompt isolation and effective treatment, following the Central Government-led strategy of TEST, TRACK, TREAT. Several meetings have been taken in the past week to engage with States that are showing higher fatality rate. (eom)