India has leaped across a significant milestone in its fight against COVID. The number of new daily cases have been below the 50 thousand mark for 24 consecutive days. In the last 24 hours, nearly 31 thousand new confirmed cases were reported while nearly 42 thousand people recovered successfully in the same time span. With a cumulative recovery of around than 88 lakh 90 thousand people so far, the national recovery rate has reached at 93.94 per cent. The recovered cases in the country stand at nearly 20 times the number of active cases.
The active caseload of the country also continues to remain below 5 per cent. The total active cases in the country today stands at four lakh 35 thousand 603 which comprises merely 4.60 per cent of the total reported cases. The Health Ministry has informed that nearly 78 percent of the new covid cases are concentrated in 10 states and Union territories of Delhi, Maharashtra , Kerala, West Bengal, Haryana and Rajasthan among others. It said that enhanced countrywide medical infrastructure, implementation of the Centre’s Standard Treatment Protocol by the States and Union Territories and total dedication and commitment of doctors, paramedics and frontline workers have led to a persistent increase in the number of total recoveries in the country.
The Health Ministry has said that this has also led to a commensurate dip in the fatality rate which stands at 1.45 per cent. It informed that 482 case fatalities were reported in the past 24 hours.
Nearly 9 lakh 70 thousand COVID samples were tested in the country in last 24 hours. With this, the cumulative testing figure has reached around 14 crore 13 lakh 50 thousand.
Health Ministry has said that very high levels of testing lead to early identification, prompt isolation and effective treatment of COVID-19 cases. It said, this also leads to low Fatality Rate. Higher volumes of testing have also ensured lower daily positivity rate which continues to remain below 4 per cent. The country is undertaking almost 5 times the number of daily tests per million of the population as per the standards prescribed by WHO.
The Central Government and ICMR have scaled up the TESTING infrastructure in a calibrated manner. Starting from just one testing lab at National Institute of Virology, Pune, in January this year, the country today has 2170 labs for testing Covid samples which includes 1176 government and 994 private labs.
India’s testing capacity has touched 15 lakh per day ensuring easily accessible COVID-19 tests for all.