India tests more than 5 lakh per day for the 2nd day in a row

More than 1.73 crore samples tested as on today

Pursuant to “Test, Track, Treat” strategy, India has created and maintained a new high of testing more than 5 lakh COVID-19 in a single day over two consecutive days. This is the outcome of the combined and focused efforts of Union and State/UT Governments on aggressive testing as the first important step in the early detection and isolation of COVID-19 positive cases. On 26th July, India tested a total of 5,15,000 samples and on 27th July, a total of 5,28,000 samples were tested.

The graded and evolving response resulted in a testing strategy that steadily widened the testing network in the country, and the cumulative testing as on date has crossed 1.73 crore. The Tests Per Million has further improved to 12,562.

The testing capacity of India has received another boost with the induction of three high throughput testing facilities in Noida, Mumbai and Kolkata that were inaugurated virtually by Prime Minister yesterday. The testing lab network in the country is continuously strengthened with 1310 labs in the country; 905 labs in the government sector and 405 private labs. These include:

• Real-Time RT PCR based testing labs: 668 (Govt: 407 + Private: 261)

• TrueNat based testing labs: 537 (Govt: 467 + Private: 70)

• CBNAAT based testing labs: 105 (Govt: 31 + Private: 74)

India’s Case Fatality Rate (CFR) further improves and drops to 2.25%

India’s Case Fatality Rate (CFR) is progressively falling and currently, it is 2.25%. India continues its march as a country with one of the lowest fatality rates in the world. This achievement is a result of effective implementation of containment strategy combined with house-to-house surveys, aggressive testing and standardized clinical management protocols based on holistic Standard of Care approach which ensured that hospitals were left unburdened with supervised home isolation for the asymptomatic patients.

Under the guidance of Central government, State/UT governments have focused on reducing the fatalities by effectively managing the severe cases and prioritising care of the high-risk population using field health care workers leading to decrease in the CFR across the country. The CFR has reduced from around 3.33% in mid-June to 2.25% today.

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The ramped up three-tier hospital infrastructure along with prompt and seamless patient management has helped consistent increase in the recoveries. For the fifth day in a row, India has seen more than 30,000 recoveries per day. The focused efforts of Centre and State/UT governments on early detection and isolation along with handholding of States/UTs by the expert teams of AIIMS, New Delhi for efficient clinical management of hospitalized cases and periodic visits of central teams, have borne results with continuously improving Recovery Rate.

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The Recovery Rate has seen a sharp increase from around 53% in mid-June to more than 64% as on today. With 35,176 patients discharged in the last 24 hours, the total recoveries stand at 9,52,743.

With improving daily recovery number, the gap between the recovered cases & the active cases is also persistently increasing. Presently, it is 4,55,755. This means the actual active case load is presently 4,96,988 and all are under medical supervision.

INPUTS FROM FIELD OFFICES

  • Punjab: Continuing the campaign being carried out to combat COVID-19 under Mission Fateh, the Punjab Government has decided to provide plasma to Private Hospitals from government’s Plasma Bank at reasonable cost.
  • Haryana: Haryana Health Minister, Mr. Anil Vij has urged the people who have recovered from the COVID-19 infection to come forward to donate their plasma so that those who are undergoing treatment for this infection can also recover from it quickly.
  • Maharashtra: After adding a record number of cases and deaths last week, the state and the city recorded a dip in Covid-19 cases and deaths on Monday. Also, in a rare occurrence, daily discharges on Monday were more than the new cases.  The state added 7,924 new cases on Monday, the lowest in 13 days, out of which 1,033 cases were reported from Mumbai.  8,706 patients were discharged, including 1,706 from Mumbai. The total number of active cases in the state is now 1.47 lakhs out of total 3.83 lakh reported cases. Covid 19 testing got a fillip with the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurating a high through-put testing facility at the ICMR’s National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health in Mumbai through virtual mode.
  • Gujarat:  Gujarat reported 1,052 Covid cases and 22 deaths, raising the fatality numbers to 2,348 and the reported cases to 56,874.  The state tested a record number of 25,474 sampled during the day, while the cumulative samples tested so far have exceeded 6.67 lakhs.  Meanwhile, the share of 8 big cities in the number of Covid cases has declined to 51% from 80% approximately a month ago.
  • Rajasthan:  For the first time, active cases in Rajasthan breached 10,000 mark as for the third consecutive day, state set a record of biggest single-day spike. The state reported 1,134 new cases taking the state overall tally to 37,564 and number of active cases to 10,097.  The state government has announced a 7 day lockdown in Bundi district in view spike in Covid cases.
  • Madhya Pradesh: With 789 new people testing positive for Covid-19 in Madhya  Pradesh on Monday, the tally of positive patients crossed the 28,000 mark to touch 28,589.  The number of active cases in the state is 7,978 even as 659 recoveries were reported on Monday.
  • Chhattisgarh: 362 new positive cases have been reported on Monday in Chhattisgarh. Now the state tally of COVID-19 stands at 7,980 and  the total number of active cases is 2,763.
  • Kerala:  The increase in virus transmission in the coastal areas of the capital district continues unabated with limited community clusters likely to be turned into big community clusters.  A final decision regarding the continuation of lockdown in Thiruvananthapuram will be known by this evening. High alert has been sounded in Kottayam with 46 people getting confirmed of the virus in the antigen test conducted at the vegetable market in Ettumanoor. Meanwhile, three Covid deaths were reported in the state today. The fatalities occurred in Thiruvananthapuram, Alappuzha and Kasaragod. The official death toll is 63. State’s daily count was more than 6,000 cases for the fifth day, yesterday with 745 recoveries against 702 new cases. Currently, 9,609 patients are being treated and 1.55 lakh people are under observation in various districts.
  • Tamil Nadu: Former Puducherry MLA and NR Congress leader V Bhalan dies of Covid-19. Puducherry CM, Speaker, ministers, MLAs test negative, six others found positive; tests were done after N R Congress legislator N S Jayabal tested positive for the virus.  TN CM launched the distribution of face masks free of cost to 6.74 crore members of 2.08 crore family cardholders through the public distribution system. Madurai’s Covid cases tally crosses 10,000; it is the fourth district in the State, after Chennai, Chengalpattu and Tiruvallur, to report more than 10,000 positive cases of Covid. 6993 new cases & 77 deaths reported yesterday in TN. Total cases: 2,20,716; Active cases: 54,896; Deaths: 3571; Active cases in Chennai: 13,064.
  • Karnataka: Karnataka HC asks state government to reconsider decision to hold CET on July 30-31 considering the Covid situation. With 61,819 active cases and counting, Karnataka now only second to Maharashtra in terms of Covid active cases. 5324 new cases, 1847 discharges & 75 deaths in the reported yesterday; 1470 cases in  Bangalore city. Total cases: 1,01,465; Active cases: 61,819;  Deaths: 1953; Discharges: 37,685.
  • Andhra Pradesh: State identified 128 district hospitals with 32 thousand beds available in them. CM instructs officials to ensure that the entire admission process of Covid-19 patients should be completed in not more than 30 minutes. The CM also insisted on display of information of availability of beds across various district hospitals and 10 state-level Covid hospitals. He said the state tops in daily corona tests being done, with 90 per cent in Covid hotspot clusters. TDP demands the government to release white paper on central funding for the containment of coronavirus in the state. 6051 new cases, 3234 discharges and 49 deaths reported yesterday. Total cases: 1,02,349 ; Active cases: 51,701; Deaths: 1090.
  • Telangana: Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar appears before Telangana HC. He informed the HC about a new app — home isolation & telemedicine (HITAM) — through which doctors will prescribe medicines for Covid positive persons, patients can call ambulance & if critical, be shifted to a hospital. State government notifies data on private beds availability for Covid-19 treatment; around 1465 beds are available in private and 6204 beds in government facilities. 1610 new cases, 803 recoveries & 09 deaths reported in the last 24 hours in the State; out of 1610 cases, 531 cases reported from GHMC. Total cases 57,142; Active cases: 13,753; Deaths 480.
  • Arunachal Pradesh: 3126 antigen tests have been conducted in the Itanagar capital region in Arunachal Pradesh in the last two days and 52 positive cases have been detected.
  • Assam: Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted that under Assam Targeted Surveillance Programme, total 8 lacs test of COVID19 have been done in all over the State until today.
  • Manipur: A new 300 bedded COVID Care Centre at Manipur Trade and Expo Center Lamboikhongnangkhong will be ready within 3 days.
  • Mizoram: Total COVID19 active cases in Mizoram stands at 186. Total cases 384 and recovered 198.
  • Nagaland:  75 new cases of COVID19 n Nagaland. 51 in Kohima, 10 in Phek, 7 in Wokha, 3 each in Mon & Dimapur & 1 in Tuensang district. Total positive cases stands at 1459 with 885 active cases and 569 recoveries.

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