India reports highest ever single day recoveries of 57,584

New Delhi/Chandigarh, August 17, 2020: India has been marching firmly on the road to enhanced recoveries every day.
Today, the country registered the highest single day recoveries with as many as 57,584 COVID-19 patients getting cured and discharged in the last 24 hours.
This achievement has further spurred India’s Recovery Rate to cross the 72% milestone.
This is the result of successful and coordinated implementation of an effective containment strategy, aggressive and comprehensive testing coupled with standardized clinical management of the critical patients.
India has followed a Standard of Care protocol for the differentiated categorisation of COVID-19 patients- mild, moderate and severe as clearly formulated in the Clinical Management Protocol of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW).
The effective clinical management strategies have shown to yield positive results.
With more patients recovering and being discharged from hospitals and home isolation (in case of mild and moderate cases), India’s COVID-19 recoveries have reached nearly 2 million (19,19,842).
This has ensured that the difference between the recovered and active cases continues to expand. It is 12,42,942 today.
The actual case load of the country, viz. the Active Cases (6,76,900 on date) has reduced and currently comprises only 25.57% of the total positive cases.
Early identification of cases has helped to ensure timely and prompt isolation of the mild and moderate cases and hospitalisation of the severe and critical cases thereby leading to timely and effective management of cases.
The Case Fatality Rate has further slumped today touching 1.92%.
Update on Tri-city (as at 7 pm):
​At the War Room Meeting held today in the Punjab Raj Bhavan and presided over by the Governor of Punjab and Administrator, UT Chandigarh, VP Singh Badnore , he directed GMSH-16 to start mobile testing facilities, so that testing teams could go on mobile vans, collect samples and give test results on-the-spot. This will be helpful to senior citizens, who are reluctant to go to hospitals for such testings.
Badnore pointed out that the focus of the Administration should be for early detection of cases, particularly those of co-morbidities patients, so that the fatalities could be kept at a minimum.
The Administrator also directed that there should be focus on IEC activities and, if necessary, bulk SMS should be sent to all residents, advising them to follow hygienic practices and to get themselves tested at the first sign of any symptom.
He reiterated that the earlier directions that both PGIMER and GMCH-32 must create an additional 100 beds each for critical COVID patients.
The concerned Directors assured that the work is in progress and the target will be met.
Earlier. Dr. Jagat Ram, Director, PGIMER stated that they have 141 patients in the Covid ward, out of which 49 belonged to Chandigarh, 53 to Punjab, 15 to Haryana, 11 to Himachal Pradesh and the remaining to other states. He also stated that they had tested 699 Covid samples, of which 53 were positive.
Dr. BS Chavan, Director Principal, GMCH stated that they had tested 414samples, out of which 49 were found positive.
He said that 137 Corona patients were medically treated and discharged during the last 3 days.
Dr. G. Dewan, Director Health Services stated that they had collected 331 samples, out of which 237 were Rapid Antigen Testing.
Necessary screening at the Railway Station and Bus Depots was also going on.
The Deputy Commissioner, Mohali stated that they have 936 active cases. The Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula informed that they have 444 active cases.
In Chandigarh, 46 patients were discharged and there were 114 new patients with Covid 19.
One fatality was reported – an 82 year old man from Burail
There are 1001Active cases in UT.

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