New Delhi, July 18, 2020: Timely, proactive, and graded strategy ini-tiatives for effective COVID-19 management in the country, led by the Cen-ter and implemented by the State/UT governments, have ensured that actual case load of COVID patients remains manageable.
The actual case load of COVID in the country is only 3,58,692 today.
The number of recovered cases has further increased to 6,53,750.
The difference between recovered and active cases is progressively growing.
It stands at 2,95,058 today. Medical attention is being provided to all the 3,58,692 active cases, either in home isolation or in hospitals for severe cases.
Coordinated measures taken by the Union and State/UT governments have ensured effective overall management of the COVID pandemic.
The Union Government continues to support and supplement the efforts of the State governments by send-
ing Central teams of experts to areas witnessing increase in caseload.
A central team has been deployed to Bihar to assist the State in assessment of COVID management in the state and to provide all nec-essary support.
The team consists of Lav Agarwal, Jt Secy (Public Health), MoHFW; Dr S K Singh, Director, NCDC; and Dr Neeraj Nischal, Associ-ate Professor (Medicine), AIIMS, New Delhi. The team will reach Bihar tomorrow.
The focus of containment strategy remains on house-to-house survey, perimeter control activities, timely contact tracing, surveillance of containment and buffer zones, aided by effective clinical management of severe cases through a Stan-dard Of Care approach. Continuously expanding hospital infrastructure has aided in increased recover-ies.
The last 24 hours saw 17,994 COVID-19 patients recovering. The recovery rate is now 63%.
The latest testing strategy of ICMR allows all regis-tered medical practitioners to recommend testing.
RT-PCR tests and Rapid Antigen Point of Care POC) Tests, boosted by TruNat and CBNAAT have con-tributed to a surge in the number of samples tested; 3,61,024 samples have been tested in the last 24 hours;
The cumulative number of 1,34,33,742 samples tested has raised the testing per
million for India to 9734.6.
Update on Chandigarh (as at 6.30 pm)
Five patients were declared cured and dis-charged in the last 24 hours.
These patients were three men and two women from Khuda Lahora, Sectors 20 and 45.
Thirty-one persons were declared Positive for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours.
They are residents of Ram Darbar, Dhanas, Daria,
Manimajra, PGI, Sectors 25, 27, 29, 32, 33, 35, 37, 41, and 44.
The ages of these patients range from 1 year to 69 years. 18 are male and 13 females.
With this, the total Active Cases in Chandigarh are
194. The total number of samples whose result is awaited is 56.
There have been 12 deaths because of Covid-19 in the UT.