COVID-19 update: Cases in India cross 10 lakh, recoveries exceed active cases
A total of 20,783 people have recuperated in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of recovered cases to 6,12,814.
The total number of coronavirus cases in India has crossed the 10-lakh mark, with 25,000 COVID-19 related deaths reported in the country, so far, official data from states revealed.
According to a PTI report, the total coronavirus caseload stood at 10,00,202 while there have been 25,553 deaths from the disease.
According to the Union Health Ministry, India has 3,31,146 active COVID-19 cases, which accounts for one-third of the country's infection tally. The Centre attributed the steady decline in active caseload to targeted measures.
On Thursday, data showed that India's COVID-19 tally stood at 9,68,876 with a record single-day spike of 32,695 cases. The death toll had also increased by 606 fatalities. It was for the fifth consecutive day that COVID-19 cases have increased by more than 28,000.
With the rise in number of cases, even states that initially recorded low infection rate are also seeing a sudden spike in infection rate. The growing caseload has led to several states reimposing lockdown for varying periods.
Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit state, followed by Tamil Nadu; together accounting for 48 per cent of the country's total active caseload, the health ministry said.
Maharashtra on Thursday recorded its highest single day spike of 8,641 new coronavirus cases, taking the tally to 2,84,281, the state health department said. The death toll due to the pandemic reached 11,194, it said in a statement.
Tamil Nadu's tally of positive cases stood at 1,56,369 with the addition of 4,549 new cases, a health department bulletin said. The death toll stood at 2,236.
Rising recovering rate
The Centre added that it was “handholding “the ten worst- hit states in matters of containment and clinical management. The ten states contribute 84.62 per cent of the total active caseload.
"Of the total COVID-19 cases, 63.25 per cent have recovered so far. Simultaneously, there has been a steady dip in the number of active cases, from around 45 per cent in mid-June to around 34.18 per cent as of now," the health ministry said.
A total of 20,783 people have recuperated in the past 24 hours, the highest number of recoveries in a day, taking the total number of recovered cases to 6,12,814.
The ministry said the recovery rate rose to 50 per cent mid-June and thereafter there has been a steady rise in recoveries and a decline in the number of active cases.
"Focus on early identification and clinical management is aiding recoveries in COVID-19 patients. Now, the recoveries exceed active cases by 2,81,669," the ministry said. The recoveries are 1.85 times the number of active cases, it added.
The ministry said the actual caseload of COVID-19 has remained limited and manageable due to proactive containment measures such as house-to-house survey, perimeter control activities, timely contact tracing, aggressive testing and timely diagnosis, and effective clinical management of moderate and severe cases through a well-implemented standard of care protocol increasing their chances of recovery.
The ministry said that as per the “test, trace, treat” strategy, the central government is driving enhanced testing across the country and that there has been a steady rise in the number of testing labs in all states and union territories.
The increased testing is in accordance with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) guidelines and has helped in early detection of cases.
The testing includes the RT-PCR which is the golden standard of the COVID-19 testing. This has been augmented with Rapid Antigen Point of Care (POC) testing that gives results within half-hour.
“This has resulted in ramped up testing in the containment and buffer zones. This has significantly helped in controlling the spread of the infection," the ministry said.
The ministry said that 3,26,826 samples have been tested for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. The cumulative number of 1,27,39,490 samples tested so far has translated to a figure of 9231.5 testing per million for India.
Joint efforts by the Centre, states and Union Territories to increase testing capacity, ramping up health infrastructure, prioritising surveillance in SARI/ILI cases, and ensuring mapping of the aged population and those with comorbidities have led to continuous improvement in recovery rates across India, the ministry added.
India's testing second only to US
Adding credence to India’s claim of ramping up and expanding testing capabilities in the country, the White House stated that India’s testing rate was second only to the USA.
“With regard to (the coronavirus) testing, we've done more than 42 million tests. The second-highest number is 12 million from India. We (USA) are leading the world in testing,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told the media on Thursday.
More than 3.5 million people have tested positive with the coronavirus and 138,000 have succumbed to the disease in the US alone. India is ranked third in the global COVID-19 tally after the US and Brazil. Globally, more than 13.6 million have tested positive and over 586,000 have died due to COVID-19.