Wednesday 21 October 2020

COVID: India records highest single-day recoveries

More than 90,000 COVID patients have been cured and discharged from home/facility isolation and hospitals every single day: Health ministry

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on 22 September said that India recorded highest single-day recoveries from the coronavirus disease (COVID) on 21 September 21 with over 1 lakh patients recovering in last 24 hours. The ministry added that with this, the total number of recoveries are nearly 45 lakh (44,97,867) and the recovery rate has climbed to 80.86% in the country.

“India has recorded very high single-day recoveries successively during the last 3 days. More than 90,000 COVID-19 patients have been cured and discharged from home/facility isolation and hospitals every single day,” the ministry tweeted. “Kudos to India’s frontline health workers! The country achieves record high of 1,01,468 COVID-19 RECOVERIES in the last 24 hours,” it added.

India on 22 September recorded 75,083 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours taking the total number of infections to over 55 lakh, as per the Union Ministry. The country also recorded 1,053 deaths in the last 24 hours, the cumulative toll reached 88,935. The total case tally stands at 55, 62,664 including 9,75,861 active cases.

As per Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) 6,53,25,779 COVID-19 samples were tested up to 21 September out of which 9,33,185 samples were tested yesterday. India’s daily COVID-19 case tally dropped by nearly 20 per cent on Monday due to reduced number of testing on Sunday showing lower detection of infections.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to hold a review meeting of COVID-19 preparedness and management in seven high focus states and Union Territories on 23 September. These states and Union Territories are Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Punjab.

Maharashtra continues to lead with over 32,000 (31.5%) more recoveries reported. Andhra Pradesh reported more than 10,000 recoveries in a single day.

“The trend of a very high number of single-day recoveries has sustained for the past four consecutive days.”

“India’s landmark achievement of recording the maximum number of recoveries has positioned it as the top country globally,” the ministry stated.

The continuous streak of very high level of recoveries in the country is a testimony to the Centre-led proactive and graded strategy of ‘test, track and treat’, it added.

The effective clinical management and treatment protocols issued by the Union government have been updated from time to time with the emergence of new medical and scientific evidence, the ministry said.

The Ministry of Health, in active collaboration with AIIMS, New Delhi, has been conducting the ‘National e-ICU on COVID-19 Management’ exercise, which handholds ICU doctors of state and UT hospitals through the Centres of Excellence.

Held twice a week, on 17 and 18 September, these tele-consultation sessions have played a crucial role in India’s high recoveries and steadily declining case fertility rate.

So far, 20 such national e-ICUs have been held, covering 278 hospitals of 28 states and UTs across the country.

The Centre has been deputing multi-disciplinary teams to support and assist the efforts of the state and the UT governments.

Regular high level reviews have ensured adequate availability of medical oxygen in hospitals and health facilities across the country, the ministry said.

“These have together have played a critical intervention role in India’s high recoveries and maintained low COVID-19 case fatality rate (CFR), which currently stands at 1.59%,” it added.

India’s COVID-19 caseload has surged to 55,62,663 with 75,083 new infections being reported in a span of 24 hours, while the death toll has climbed to 88,935 as the virus claimed 1,053 lives during the same period, data uploaded by the ministy showed.

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