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Nearly 15 lakh tests conducted in last 24 hours; COVID recovery rate reaches 81.74 pct

Newdelhi:25/9/20: The nation achieved another milestone in COVID testing by conducting nearly 15 lakh tests in the last 24 hours. With a cumulative testing figure of around 6 crore 89 lakh 28 thousand 440, India continues to be one of the countries across the world conducting the highest number of daily tests.

Starting from just one testing lab at the National Institute of Virology, Pune in January this year, the country today has one thousand 818 labs for testing COVID samples which includes one thousand 84 government and 734 private labs.

Average daily tests have increased by nearly 4 times in a span of two months. It stands at around 12 lakh tests in the recent weeks. Tests done per million of the population have also risen manifold in a span of 2 months and currently stand at over 48 thousand per million of the population.

Despite an increase in testing the positivity rate remains low and currently hovers around 8.5 percent. Bihar, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Jharkhand, and Telangana are among the states recording a positivity rate even lower than 5 percent.

The country is registering a continuous increase in the number of patients who recovered from COVID-19. With the recovery of over 81 thousand people in the last 24 hours, the total recovery tally has crossed over 47 lakh 56 thousand. The overall recovery rate has now reached  81.74 percent.

The Health Ministry has said that the gap between recovered cases and active cases is progressively growing wide. The actual caseload of the country currently comprises only 16.67 percent of the total positive cases. The number of recovered patients has overtaken active cases by nearly 5 times. The unprecedented surge in COVID recoveries with more than 100 percent increase in patients recovered and discharged in the last one month has also been reported.

The Health Ministry has informed that the sustained high recovery rate is fuelled by 9 states and Union Territories reporting recovery rate of over 80 percent. These states include Bihar, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Rajasthan, and Gujarat among others.

The ministry has informed that aggressive measures for early identification, prompt and effective treatment, and enhanced clinical skills of ICU doctors have led to the progressive enhancement of  India’s total recoveries.

Early identification through wide-scale testing, prompt and effective treatment in hospitals, and supervised home as well as facility isolations, have actively led to a high recovery rate in the country. Currently, India’s Case Fatality Rate stands at 1.59 percent. India has progressively maintained a low Case Fatality Rate compared to the global average.

In the last 24 hours, 86 thousand 52 new cases have been reported taking the total number of positive cases to 58 lakh 18 thousand 571.

Presently, the total number of active corona cases in the country is 9 lakh 70 thousand and 116. In the last 24 hours,  one thousand 141 deaths have  been reported taking the toll to 92 thousand 290.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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