India records as many as 29,557 COVID-19 patients recuperated in a span of 24-hours till Thursday morning, the ‘highest recorded’ in a day so far, taking the recovery rate to 63.18 per cent, the Union health ministry said. The number of tests in India for detection of COVID-19 also crossed the 15-million mark as the number of cases surged to 12,38,635 on Thursday. According to data from Union health ministry that got updated at 8 am, ‘total recoveries’ have climbed to 7,82,606 and exceeded the total number of active cases of COVID-19 by 3,56,439 as on date.
A total of 1,50,75,369 samples have been tested up to July 22 with 3,50,823 samples being tested on Wednesday, Indian Council of Medical Research officials said. With the highest-ever single-day spike of 45,720 cases, India’s ‘COVID-19’ tally crossed the 12-lakh mark on Thursday, while the death toll rose to 29,861 with a record 1,129 fatalities reported on Thursday itself. “One million tests were done in three days till Wednesday. The testing capacity has been increased to around 4 lakh per day, with 1290 labs functional in the country which includes 897 government labs and 393 in the private sector” scientist and media coordinator at ICMR Lokesh Sharma said.
“From a network of 13 COVID-19 labs in February 2020, the network has now expanded is about 1300 labs. The expansion of lab network has been paired with calibrated expansion of testing strategy, inclusion of newer testing platforms besides RT-PCR:- CBNAAT, TrueNat and Rapid Antigen test. “All efforts have been made to increase access to testing even at district level. Efforts of ICMR to ramp up testing continue,” said Dr Nivedita Gupta, senior scientist and coordinator of Lab Network, ICMR. According to the health ministry, while the total number of recovered cases has jumped to 7,82,606, there has been appreciable growth in the recovery rate, which stands at 63.18 per cent.