India Tests More Than 8 Lakh COVID19 Samples For 2nd Day
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India has tested more than 8 lakh COVID19 samples for the 2nd consecutive day in a row. With a strong resolve to rapidly increase the number of tests done per day to touch 10 lakh/day testing capacity, 8,01,518 samples were tested in the last 24 hours.
The cumulative testing as on date has reached 3,17,42,782. The Tests Per Million too have seen a sharp rise to 23,002.
It is only by aggressive testing that positive COVID19 cases can be identified, their contacts tracked and isolated as well as prompt treatment can be ensured through timely medical care. The sustained level of high testing has played a key role in India’s increasing rate of recovery, widening gap between the recovered and active cases, and also progressively declining fatality rate.
India followed the track of a graded and evolving strategy, steadily strengthening its nationwide network of labs in the public and private sectors. Starting from one lab for COVID19 samples to test in January 2020, today 1486 labs dot the country; 975 labs in the government sector and 511 in the private sector. These include:
- Real-Time RT PCR based testing labs: 762 (Govt: 452 + Private: 310)
- TrueNat based testing labs: 607 (Govt: 489 + Private: 118)
- CBNAAT based testing labs: 117 (Govt: 34 + Private: 83)
Total number of recoveries has crossed 2 million today (20,37,870) with highest ever single day recoveries of 60,091 in the last 24 hours. With this high number of COVID-19 patients recovering and being discharged from the hospitals and home isolation (in case of mild and moderate cases), the Recovery Rate has scaled the twin peak of crossing 73% (73.64%). This has also led to the declining Case Fatality Rate, which stands at a new low of 1.91% today.
The record high recoveries have ensured that the actual caseload of the country viz. the active cases has reduced and currently comprises less than 1/4th (only 24.45%) of the total positive cases.