From Our Bureau   

15TH AUGUST 2020

India witnessed a big surge with 65,002 fresh COVID-19 positive cases reported on Saturday, taking the country’s cumulative tally to 25,26,192. The death toll rose to 49,036, with 996 fatalities recorded in the last 24 hours.

On a continuous path of registering high single day recoveries, India has touched another peak on Saturday. As many as 57,381 COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged in the past 24 hours.

With such high level of recoveries, India’s Recovery Rate has soared past 71.61 percent, ensuring more and more patients are recovering. To further build on this achievement, 32 States/Union Territories have exceeded the 50 percent mark. 12 States/UTs have exceeded the national Recovery Rate.

With more patients recovering and being discharged from hospitals and home isolation (in case of mild and moderate cases), the total recoveries have crossed the 18 lakh mark today (18,08,936). The gap between recovered patients and active COVID-19 cases has increased and crossed 11 lakh (that is,11,40,716 today).

This is a result of coordinated efforts of the Central Government and State/UT governments which has led to a continuous increase in average daily recoveries.

The current active cases, numbering 6,68,220, comprise the actual case load of the country. It is 26.45 percent of the total positive cases today, registering further drop in the last 24 hours. The active cases are under medical supervision.

Focus on improved and effective clinical treatment in hospitals, supervised home isolation, use of non-invasive oxygen support, improved services of the ambulances for ferrying patients for prompt and timely treatment, upgradation of clinical management skills of doctors treating COVID-19 patients by active technical guidance through tele-consultation sessions of AIIMS, New Delhi etc., have in tandem resulted in seamless efficient patient management.

This has ensured that India’s Case Fatality Rate (CFR) is maintained below the global average. It is on a  continuous positive slide and currently stands at 1.94 percent.

India’s TEST, TRACK, TREAT strategy has achieved another peak with 8,68,679 tests done in the last 24 hours. This has taken the cumulative tests to 2,85,63,095.

The graded and evolving response has resulted in a testing strategy that steadily widened the testing net in the country. To keep up with this strategy, the testing lab network in the country is continuously strengthened which as on today consists of 1,465 labs in the country– 968 labs in the government sector and 497 private labs. These include: Real-Time RT PCR based testing labs: 751 (Govt: 448 + Private 303), TrueNat based testing labs: 597 (Govt: 486 + Private: 111) and CBNAAT based testing labs: 117 (Govt: 34 + Private: 83). (eom)

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