COVID in India update: Record 7 lakh COVID-19 tests conducted in a day
With a record single-day increase of 64,399 cases, India's COVID-19 tally mounted to 21.53 lakh, while the death toll climbed to 43,379 with 861 new fatalities being reported in a day, the health ministry's data updated at 8 am on Sunday showed.
Over seven lakh samples were tested for COVID-19 in a day, setting a new record and taking the total number of tests conducted so far to 2,41,06,535, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday.
According to officials, the recovery rate has gone up to 68.78 per cent and the death rate has urther dropped to 2.01 per cent.
So far, 14,80,884 people have recovered with 53,879 being discharged in the last 24-hours, setting a single-day record. Recoveries are over twice the number of active cases (6,28,747) of coronavirus infection at present.
"The number of recovered cases has touched another high of 2.36 times the active cases. All patients are all under medical attention either in home isolation or in hospitals," the ministry said.
The ministry said the number of single-day tests has been growing exponentially and India has been testing over six lakh samples daily for several days.
"A record 7,19,364 samples have been tested on Saturday, the highest in a day so far. India is conducting around 500 tests for detection of COVID-19 per minute and the per-day testing capacity has increased over five lakhs," Scientist and media coordinator at ICMR, Dr Lokesh Sharma said.
Such elevated level of testing will also lead to high number of daily positive cases, the health ministry said, adding states have been advised to firmly focus on comprehensive tracking, prompt isolation and effective treatment, following the Centre-led strategy of 'test, track and treat'.
From 7.69 per cent on April 5, the recovery rate improved to 26.59 per cent on May 3, 48.37 per cent on June 7 and to 68.78 per cent as on date, it said.
"The widening gap 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 at present," the ministry said.
The ministry said that the high number of recoveries is a result of focused implementation of various government actions towards ramping up hospital and clinical management infrastructure for providing quality clinical care based on the standard of care.
With a record single-day increase of 64,399 cases, India's COVID-19 tally mounted to 21.53 lakh, while the death toll climbed to 43,379 with 861 new fatalities being reported in a day, the health ministry's data updated at 8 am showed.