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Covid-19 cases cross 16 lakh

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on July 31, 2020 Published on July 31, 2020

Patients outside the rapid antigen test of the Covid, at Guru Gobind Singh hospital in Raghubir Nagar area in West Delhi   -  SHIVKUMAR PUSHPAKAR

Over 10.67 lakh people have recovered; death toll has exceeded 35,000

India has recorded over 16 lakh Covid19 cases since the start of the pandemic in February, of which over 10.67 lakh (66 per cent) persons have recovered, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan stated while chairing the 19th high level Group of Ministers (GoM) meeting on Covid19. S Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs, Hardeep S. Puri, Minister of Civil Aviation, Mansukh Lal Mandaviya, Minister of State, Shipping (Independent Charge), Chemicals and Fertilizers, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State, Health & Family Welfare and Nityanand Rai, Minister of State, Home Affairs were present during the meeting. 

There are 5,35,318 active infections in the country, currently. This means that there are over 5.35 lakh persons who are actively infected as of now, majority of whom are in home isolation while the rest are hospitalised. Vardhan stated, “Out of the total active cases, only 0.28 per cent patients are on ventilators, 1.61 per cent patients needed ICU support and 2.32 per cent are on oxygen support.”

The total number of cases added to the active infections tally in the last 24 hours is 17,076. On the other hand, 37,223 persons recovered. Also, 779 persons died, taking the total death toll to 35747.

While Delhi has the highest recovery rate at 89.08 per cent, Karnataka has the lowest rate at 39.36 per cent. Those that get detected with Covid19 spend nearly two weeks in home isolation, or even up to a month in hospitalisation in case of the disease is more severe. MoHFW and the states telephonically track patients in home isolation and receive reports from hospitals and go on to declare recoveries after understanding that the reported cases are experiencing no symptoms after undergoing isolation and treatment. While active cases are added every day as suspects get tested, recoveries are tracked over a period of two weeks to a month, to then be added to the daily MoHFW report. 

Sujeet K Singh, Director, National Centre for Disease Control, (NCDC) briefed the GoM about the top twelve states with Covid19 namely Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Gujarat, Telangana, Bihar, Rajasthan and Assam. He stated that efforts are being made to reduce mortality in high case load districts  and cities showing recent upsurge like Pune, Thane, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. 

In few states like Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Goa, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala, Mizoram and Sikkim, fewer Covid19 cases were picked up between July 30 and 31 than the previous day. In most states, the number of cases detected every day are serially rising. Also, more patients are recovering in every state. Over the past week over 700 deaths have been recorded across India every day too. 

Number of tests conducted on July 30 was over 6.42 lakh. Cumulative tests conducted since over six months have crossed 1.88 crore.

 

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Published on July 31, 2020
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