India’s single-day spike in coronavirus cases hovered close to the 50,000-mark today pushing the total caseload across the country past the 14-lakh figure.
According to health ministry data released this morning, 49,931 cases were reported across the country in the last 24 hours, taking India’s total number of cases to 14,35,453 while the death toll rose to 32,771 with 708 fresh fatalities.
The recovery rate graph also maintained the steady rising curve with a total of 9,17,567 people having been cured, leaving the number of total active Covid-19 cases in the country at 4,85,114 as of today, the ministry data said.
India recorded the highest number of recoveries in a single dayyesterday– 36,145 — showing the steadily widening difference between recovered and active Covid-19 cases, the data added.
For the first time yesterday, a record number of 4,42,263 tests were conducted in a single day; the number of Test Per Million (TPM) has further increased to 11,805 and cumulative testing to 1,62,91,331.
The aggressive testing along with ramped up hospital infrastructure by combining public and private sector efforts has enabled early identification and prompt triaging of Covid-19 patients leading to fall in fatality rate, said the ministry.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had cautioned yesterday that Covid-19 remains as dangerous today as it was at the time of its outbreak in the country in February.
He would today launch “high throughput” testing facilities in three places, including Kolkata and Mumbai, two worst-hit metro cities, which will boost early detection and treatment in the country.
In West Bengal, a survey carried out by the state Department of Health of 18,541 people who have tested positive for Covid-19 since emerging from three months of continuous lockdown in June has found that 56.5 percent of them are between 16 and 45 years old, most of them men.