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Over 10 Lakh COVID-19 Tests Conducted In A Day In India: Health Ministry

According to the Health Ministry, early identification through testing and effective treatment and innovative graded policy measures have resulted in almost 100 per cent increase in COVID-19 recovered cases in the last 21 days

Over 10 Lakh COVID-19 Tests Conducted In A Day In India: Health Ministry
Highlights
  • The recovery rate in the country stands at 74.28 percent, as of August 21
  • The COVID-19 fatality rate in the country is 1.87 per cent
  • There are 1,511 testing labs in India: Union Health Minister

New Delhi: India has crossed one million COVID-19 tests being conducted in a day, according to the Union Health Ministry on Saturday. “India crosses the milestone of 1 million COVID-19 tests a day. More than 10 lakh people tested in the last 24 hours,” the Ministry said. It also added that there has been a 100 percent increase in recovered cases in the last 21 days in the country. As per the graph shared by the Ministry, while 10,94,374 patients had recovered on August 1, the number of recoveries till August 21 stood at 21,58,946 in the country.

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Early identification through testing, prompt and effective treatment through supervised home isolation and quality medical care, and innovative graded policy measures have resulted in almost 100 percent increase in recovered cases in the last 21 days, it said.

The recovery rate in the country stands at 74.28 percent, as of Friday. The Case Fatality Rate (CFR) is on a continuous positive slide and currently stands at 1.89 percent, the Ministry had earlier said. As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), the number of active cases in the country stood at 6,92,028 in the country on Friday, while the toll due to the disease stood at 54,849.

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said on Saturday that contrary to what the experts had claimed about the number of cases reaching 300 million in the country, including five-six million deaths, by July-August, India had less than three million cases, out of which 2.2 million have already recovered.

As far as COVID-19 numbers are concerned, our fatality rate, 1.87 per cent, is really low and we have probably the best recovery rate (75 per cent) in the world. We have around 1,500 testing labs now. It is a great achievement in itself, Mr. Vardhan told ANI.

“Also we have achieved the target of testing 10 lakh tests per day six weeks before the set deadline. We now have 1,511 testing labs in the country,” he added.

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He further said the Indian scientists are working very hard to develop a vaccine and provide it to the world.

Out of the three vaccine candidates, one has entered the third phase of trials. We are confident that within this year we will provide the world with an effective vaccine to save the people, Mr. Vardhan said.

The number of samples tested for COVID-19 per day has crossed the million mark in India, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research on Saturday.

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan also asserted that India’s first vaccine against the novel coronavirus could be available by end of this year 2020.

One of our COVID-19 vaccine candidates is in the third phase of the clinical trial. We are very confident that a vaccine will be developed by end of this year. I am happy to say that in the eighth month of the battle, India has the best recovery rate of 75 per cent. A total of 2.2 million patients have recovered and gone home and another seven lakh are going to be cured very soon. We started with only one testing laboratory in Pune but we scaled up our diagnostic capabilities and strengthened our testing capacity. Today, India has 1500 testing labs for COVID-19 and on Friday we tested over one million samples, Dr Harsh Vardhan said while inaugurating an NDRF 10-bedded makeshift hospital here.

India on Saturday recorded the highest-ever single day peak of 63,631 recoveries from Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, the recoveries exceed the active cases by more than 15 lakh and the recovery rate stands at 74.69 per cent, said Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

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