India in the past 24 hours conducted 11,64,648 tests for COVID-19

With recoveries surpassing the newly reported cases every day, the active cases of COVID-19 in India have fallen below 6 lakhs for the first time in nearly three months.

According to data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, there are around 5,94,386 active cases in the country which account for around 7.35 per cent of the total cases.

This is the lowest since August 6, when India had 5,95,501 active COVID-19 cases in the country.

The Health Ministry in a statement said, “The trajectory of the active caseload across different States/UTs has been diverse indicating their efforts and gradual progress in their fight against the global pandemic.”

India has also surpassed the advisable rate of testing per day per million population. The advised rate by the World Health Organisation (WHO) stands at 140 tests per million per population while India’s national average rate of tests per day per million stands at 844.

“India has performed remarkably on fulfilling WHO’s advise of 140 tests/day/ million population. In its Guidance Note on “Public Health Criteria to Adjust Public Health and Social Measures in the Context of COVID-19” WHO has advised this strategy for comprehensive surveillance for suspected cases,” the ministry said in the statement.

The figure for Delhi and Kerala has exceeded 3,000. In Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha and Goa, this rate exceeds 1,000 tests per day per million. In Jharkhand, Jammu & Kashmir, Telangana and Tamil Nadu, the rate is above 900.

Similarly, in Haryana and Assam, it is over 800 while Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and Punjab, it is over 700. In Uttar Pradesh, it is 673 and in Maharashtra and West Bengal, it is over 500. In Madhya Pradesh, the rate is 321 while in Rajasthan, the rate of tests per day per million population is 260.

In the past 24 hours, 11,64,648 tests were conducted for COVID-19 in the country.

India also continues to report more recoveries than the cases. In the past 24 hours, India reported around 57,386 recoveries out of which, the maximum was reported from Kerala with 8,474 patients recovering in the past 24 hours followed by 7,883 of Maharashtra and 7,661 of Karnataka.

Delhi and Tamil Nadu also reported over 4,000 recoveries each while West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh reported over 3,000 recoveries each. Uttar Pradesh reported 2,465 recoveries while Rajasthan and Odisha reported over 1,000 recoveries each.

On the other hand, India also reported around 48,648 cases if COVID-19 and 563 deaths in the past 24 hours. Kerala reported the maximum number of cases at 7,020 and 26 deaths followed by 5902 cases and 156 deaths of Maharashtra.

Delhi also reported a high of 5,739 cases and 27 deaths while Karnataka reported 4,025 cases and 45 deaths. West Bengal reported 3,989 cases and 61 deaths in the past 24 hours.

India has so far reported 80,88,851 cases and 1,21,090 people have lost their lives.