India’s COVID-19 count on Friday crossed two grim milestones of 10 lakh cases and 25,000 deaths, even as the Centre said active cases now constituted one-third of the total infections. The active currently stand at 3,42,473 while 6,35,756 patitnts have recovered so far. The death toll currently stands at 25,602
Starting mid-June, when India crossed the 50 per cent mark in the recovery rate, there has been a steady increase in the number of recovered patients, with the recovery rate above 63 per cent.
As many as 34,956 new infections and 687 fatalties – both biggest single-day spikes till date – were reported on Thursday. It was for the fifth consecutive day that COVID-19 cases have increased by more than 28,000. The huge surge in cases has led several states to reimpose lockdown for varying periods.
Just two states — Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu — account for 48 per cent of the country’s total active caseload. Ten states including Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu reported 84.62 per cent of the total active caseload, the Health Ministry said on Thursday, adding the Centre continues to handhold these states in matters of containment and effective clinical management.
|Name of State / UT||Active Cases*||Cured/Discharged/Migrated*||Deaths**||Total Confirmed cases*|
|Andaman and Nicobar Islands||47||133||0||180|
|Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu||179||371||2||552|
|Jammu and Kashmir||5488||6446||222||12156|
|Cases being reassigned to states||531||531|
India’s first COVID-19 case was detected on January 30 in Kerala. The country took only three days to cross the 9-lakh mark after crossing the 8-lakh mark on July 11.
Amid the fearing rise in cases and deaths, the country’s hopes to contain the pandemic rests on two indigenous vaccine candidates, one of which has already entered the human trial phase.
On Thursday, the ministry said that as per the “test, trace, treat” strategy, the central government is driving enhanced testing initiatives in states and union territories as a result, of which there has been a steady rise in the number of testing labs across the country.
The increased testing is in accordance with the Indian Council of Medical Research(ICMR) guidelines and has helped in early detection of cases.
The testing includes the RT-PCR which is the golden standard of the COVID-19 testing. This has been augmented with Rapid Antigen Point of Care (POC) testing that gives results within half-hour.