Covid-19 Bulletin: Highest 7.33 lakh tests in a day, recovery rate soars past 70% and Fact-checking fake news

With a consistent and sustained increase in recoveries, the gap between recovered patients and active COVID-19 cases has reached nearly 10 lakh.

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New Delhi: India has conducted highest ever single day Covid tests at over 7,33,000 tests in last 24 hours. This has taken the cumulative tests to more than 2.60 crore.

Union Health Ministry said, the country’s Test, Track and Treat strategy has achieved another peak with 18, 852 tests per million.

The graded and evolving response has resulted in a testing strategy that steadily widened the testing net in the country. The testing lab network in the country is continuously strengthened with one thousand 421 labs in the country, 944 labs in the government sector and 477 private labs.

Recovery rate soars past 70%, 7,33,449 Corona tests in a day

The record highest single day recoveries at 56,110 registered in the last 24 hours are the result of the successful implementation of effective containment strategy, aggressive and comprehensive testing coupled with standardized clinical management of the critical patients. In the first week of July the daily average recovered cases were at 15000 which jumped to more than 50000 in the first week of August. With more patients recovering and being discharged from hospitals and home isolation (in case of mild and moderate cases), the total recoveries have crossed the 16 lakh mark to 16,39,599. The Recovery Rate has reached another high of 70.38%. The actual case load of the country is the active cases (6,43,948) which is only 27.64% of the total positive cases.

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They are under active medical supervision. With a consistent and sustained increase in recoveries, the gap between recovered patients and active COVID-19 cases has reached nearly 10 lakh. Case Fatality Rate (CFR) has been low when compared to the global average. It is currently standing at 1.98%. India’s TEST, TRACK, TREAT strategy has achieved another peak with 7,33,449 tests done in the last 24 hours. This has taken the cumulative tests to more than 2.6 crore. The TPM has jumped to 18,852. Testing lab network in the country is continuously strengthened which as on today consists of 1421 labs in the country; 944 labs in the government sector and 477 private labs.

Expert group deliberates on strategy to deliver Covid-19 vaccines to all

National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19, chaired by Dr V K Paul, Member Niti Aayog along with Secretary (Ministry of Health and Family Welfare) as co-Chair met for the first time today. The expert group deliberated on conceptualization and implementation mechanisms for creation of a digital infrastructure for inventory management and delivery mechanism of the vaccine including tracking of vaccination process with particular focus on last mile delivery. They discussed on broad parameters guiding the selection of COVID-19 vaccine candidates for the country. The expert group discussed on the financial resources required for procurement of COVID-19 vaccine and various options of financing the same. Issues related to vaccine safety and surveillance were taken up and strategy for community involvement through transparent information and awareness creation were discussed.

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Need for comprehensive and objective account of historical events: Vice President

The Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today stressed the need to give for providing a comprehensive, authentic and objective account of the historical events. Speaking a book release function today, the Vice President emphasized the need for our younger generation to be aware of India’s history. Also, the stories of valor and sacrifices made by freedom fighters from across the country should be highlighted in the text-books Naidu added.
Referring to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the economy of India and other nations, the Vice President urged everyone to display greater resilience to defeat the virus and overcome the setback caused by it. Shri Naidu said COVID-19 has also underlined the urgency for countries like India to build a resilient economy by becoming truly self-reliant. The need of the hour is to give a major push to the Atma Nirbhar campaign by all the stakeholders, including the private sector and academia through research, he added.

Over 5 lakh applications received under PM SVANidhi scheme

The number of loan sanctions and number of applications received under PM Street Vendor’s AtmaNirbhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi) scheme have crossed the mark of 1 lakh and 5 lakhs respectively within 41 days of commencement of the lending process on July 02, 2020.

The PM SVANidhi scheme has generated considerable enthusiasm among the street vendors, who have been looking for access to affordable working capital credit for re-starting their businesses post COVID-19 lockdown. It aims at facilitating collateral free working capital loans upto Rs 10,000 of 1 year tenure, to about 50 lakh street vendors in the urban areas, including those from the surrounding peri-urban/ rural areas, to resume their businesses post COVID-19 lockdown.