- The country has done about 3.7 crore COVID-19 tests till now
- Testing has worked as an effective tool to fight COVID-19: Health Ministry
- India’s COVID-19 positivity rate has been falling gradually:Health Ministry
New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday informed that about 2.70 per cent patients are on oxygen support, 1.92 per cent on ICU (Intensive Care Unit) while 0.29 per cent patients are on the ventilators, in the battle against coronavirus disease in India. According to the health ministry, India’s COVID-19 tally crossed the 32-lakh mark with 67,151 new cases and 1,059 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW). The overall coronavirus count reached 32,34,475 including 7,07,267 active cases, 24,67,759 cured/discharged/migrated and 59,449 deaths.
Addressing the weekly coronavirus update, Rajesh Bhushan, the union health secretary said,
Let us know the status of critical cases of active cases. This is an important aspect. If we look, critical cases across the country we find that only 2.70 per cent of patients are on oxygen support of the total cases (7,04,348) reported as on Monday. Similarly, only 1.92 per cent of patients are in ICU while 0.29 per cent patients are on ventilators of the total active cases so far.
Discussing the mortality occurred due to the virus; Mr. Bhushan said that a total of 58,390 deaths have been reported across the country.
About 69 per cent deaths have been reported in the male population while 31 per cent fatality has been reported in the female population. Thirty-six per cent mortality has been seen in people within the age group of 45 to 60 years and 51 per cent of deaths have been witnessed in people with 60 years of age or above, he said.
According to the health ministry, India has recorded highest-ever single day recoveries of 66,550 in the last 24 hours taking the total recoveries to 24 lakh.
Mr. Bhushan further informed that India has tested nearly 3.7 crores (3,68,27,520) cumulative COVID-19 samples so far. With 9,25,383 tests conducted in the last 24 hours, the Tests Per Million have seen a sharp rise to 26,685, he said.
Taking to Twitter, the Union Health Ministry informed that India has exponentially scaled its testing from one in January to 10 lakh per day in August.
“India has exponentially scaled its testing from one in January to 10 lakh/day in August 2020,” MOHFW tweeted.
With Positivity Rate progressively falling, testing has worked as an effective tool to limit the spread of #COVID19 infection, the Ministry said in another tweet.
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