COVID: India’s recovery soars past 70%; 6.5L active cases in country

India's test, track, treat strategy has achieved another peak with 7,33,449 tests done in 24 hours

There are 7,42,023 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country. Photo: PTI

India’s COVID-19 recovery rate reached 70.4 per cent with 16,62,661 people having recuperated from the disease in the country until 8 pm on Wednesday (August 12). As many as 24,560 people were cured of the disease on a single day, while there are 6,50,742 active cases in the country.

India witnessed the highest single-day recoveries at 56,110 on Tuesday (August 11) as a result of “the successful implementation of effective containment strategy, aggressive and comprehensive testing coupled with the standardised clinical management of the critical patients based on the holistic standard of care approach,” the Health Ministry said.

The coordinated efforts of the Central, state and UT governments have resulted in continuously increasing average daily recoveries, it said. “In the first week of July, the daily average recovered cases were at 15,000 which jumped to more than 50,000 in the first week of August,” the Health Ministry added.

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Focus on improved and effective clinical treatment in hospitals, use of non-invasive, improved and coordinated services of the ambulances for ferrying patients for prompt and timely treatment have resulted in seamless efficient patient management of COVID-19 patients.

“As a result, the case fatality rate (CFR) has been low when compared to the global average. It is currently standing at 1.98 per cent,” the ministry said. India’s test, track, treat strategy has taken the cumulative tests to more than 2.6 crore. The tests per million has jumped to 18,852, it stated.

The graded and evolving response has resulted in a testing strategy that steadily widened the testing net in the country. To keep up with this strategy, the testing lab network in the country is continuously strengthened which consists of 1,421 labs in the country with 944 labs in the government sector and 477 private labs, the ministry said.

India’s COVID-19 tally reached 23,60,413 on Wednesday with a single-day increase of 32,008 infections, while 348 new fatalities pushed the death toll to 46,536. According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 2,60,15,297 samples have been tested up to August 11 with 7,33,449 samples being tested on Tuesday.

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