India crosses 10-Cr mark in Corona tests

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 10/24/2020 10:36:09 AM

NEW DELHI, Oct 23: India on Friday crossed 10 crore mark in the Coronavirus tests, over 14 lakh for the second consecutive day, even as all parameters of the dreaded disease look better, but it is still raging as seen from 54,366 new cases in the past 24 hours, raising the total number of persons infected in the country since March to 77.61 lakh.
The tests in India are, however, still low at 72,326 per million population.
There were 690 deaths in the past 24 hours, 198 of them in Maharashtra alone, 74 in Karnataka, 64 in West Bengal, 52 in Chhattisgarh and 35 in Delhi. The country's cumulative death toll is 1,17,306, which is 1.51% of the total infections.
The case load of the Covid-19 patients in hospitals fell below 70 lakh as the Health Ministry reported 6.96 lakh still under treatment, which is 20,303 less than the previous day and 8.96% of total infected.
The recovery rate also improved to 89.53%, with 69.48 lakh persons recovered and discharged from the hospitals, 73,979 of them only in 24 hours.
The WHO dashboard shows 11.43 lakh deaths and 41.99 million Coronavirus cases worldwide. The gap between the cases in the United States and India increased to 9 lakh as the US has recorded 86.62 lakh cases so far. This is attributed to a spurt of cases in the US as against a drop in India.
India's cumulative Positivity Rate is 7.81% and the daily figure is 3.8%. In a tweet, the Health Ministry said 14 States and Union Territories are exhibiting Positivity Rate higher than the national average indicating a need for aggressive and widespread testing. The positivity rate of Maharashtra is 20.4 %, followed by Puducherry 18.2 %, Kerala 17.8 % and Nagaland 15.3 %.
The Ministry said timely identification, prompt isolation and effective treatment, and higher testing resulted in eventually lower positivity rate. The test per million in Delhi is over 2.24 lakh, Goa over 2 lakh and Laddakh 1.86 lakh.



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