COVID-19 updates: India sees highest one-day surge of 32,965 cases
While the country's total caseload rose to 9.68 lakh cases on Thursday, over 6.1 lakh patients have recovered from the disease so far.
With 32,965 cases of coronavirus recorded in the last 24 hours, India’s tally rose to 9.68 lakh cases on Thursday. As per an announcement by the Union Health Ministry, over 6,1 lakh patients have recovered from the disease so far, taking the recovery rate to 63.25 per cent.
As many as 606 deaths linked to the illness were also registered in the last 24 hours, taking the total COVID-19 death count to 24,915.
This is the first time the country has registered over 30,000 cases in a day, with Wednesday recording a close 29,000 new cases. Both days witnessed a record number of cases.
The positivity rate - the percentage of patients who have tested positive for coronavirus - has surged to 10 percent as compared to yesterday's 9.19 percent.
The ministry added that the medical infrastructure in India to treat COVID-19 patients includes 1,378 dedicated COVID-19 hospitals, 3,077 dedicated COVID-19 health centres, and 1,0351 COVID-19 care centres equipped with 21,738 ventilators, 46,487 ICU beds, and 1,65,361 oxygen beds.
The Central government has also distributed 230.98 lakh N95 masks, 123.56 lakh PPEs, and 11,660 ventilators to states, Union Territories and Central institutions, it said.
Maharashtra continues to be the worst-affected state, with 2,75,640 Covid-19 cases and close to 11,000 fatalities. While Maharashtra recorded 7,975 cases, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh are the four other states that recorded the maximum number of cases.
The ministry stressed that aggressive testing, timely diagnosis, and effective management of patients through supervised home isolation or active medical attention in hospitals have led to a surge in recovered cases which exceeded the number of active Covid-19 cases.
IMA's red alert over doctors' death
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Wednesday declared a red alert for medicos and medical administrators asking them to raise their guard, following the death of 99 doctors due to COVID-19. Several of them were general practitioners.
According to IMA National COVID registry data, of the total 1,302 doctors infected with COVID-19, 99 have succumbed to the disease. Of those dead, 73 were above the age of 50 years, 19 in the age-group of 35-50 and seven below 35 years, the data showed.
"IMA declares RED ALERT to doctors and medical administrators to raise their guard. If COVID-19 mortality has to be lessened, it has to start with doctors and hospitals," the doctors' body said in a statement.
National President of IMA Dr Rajan Sharma said that while the medical profession remains the beacon of hope for the nation to lead the exit from the pandemic, COVID-19 death among doctors has become a matter of great concern.
"IMA strongly advocates the leadership of doctors in adopting all scientific best practices. Doctors need to take charge of the situation and ensure the safety of themselves, their families, their colleagues and staff."
"Operation theaters, labour rooms, laboratories and casualties require special care. ICUs and Critical Care units deserve close scrutiny for adherence to best practices and protocols," Secretary General of IMA Dr RV Asokan said.
"Friendly and scientific batch posting needs to be implemented. Working hours should be tempered by concerns of safety. Providing for PPEs, training, physical distancing and sanitisers should be monitored on daily basis," the body noted.
(With input from agencies)