India scales another peak: Total recoveries cross 2 million

New Delhi/Chandigarh, August 19, 2020: Fast on the heels of crossing 3 crore cumulative tests, India has recorded another high. Total number of recoveries has crossed 2 million today (20,37,870).
Coupled with this is another achievement of highest ever single day recoveries of 60,091 in the last 24 hours.
With this high number of COVID-19 patients recovering and being discharged from the hospitals and home isolation (in case of mild and moderate cases), the Recovery Rate has scaled the twin peak of crossing 73% (73.64%).
This has also led to the declining Case Fatality Rate, which stands at a new low of 1.91% today.
The record high recoveries have ensured that the actual caseload of the country viz. the active cases has reduced and currently comprises less than 1/4th (only 24.45%) of the total positive cases.
Higher number of recoveries and declining fatality has shown that India’s graded strategy has worked. India has posted 13,61,356 more recoveries than the active cases (6,76,514).
Update on Tri-City (as at 7 pm)
At the War Room Meeting held at Punjab Raj Bhavan today, Deputy Commissioner, Mohali stated that they have 1,080 active cases. Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula informed that they have 398 active cases. The DC Chandigarh, Mandip Singh Brar stated that 4 Containment Zones in Dhanas, Manimajra, Sector 40 and Sector 46 were being kept under constant watch.
Based on the suggestions received from the Member of Parliament and Councillors during the Video Conference held on Tuesday the Governor of Punjab and Administrator, UT ordered that atleast 25% of beds available in private hospitals and Nursing Homes must be kept reserved for Covid patients.
The Administrator directed Commissioner, MC to form various Area Committees, along with Councillors, who can help local administration in keeping a watch over different areas to ensure that the residents follow hygeinic practices like wearing of masks and social distancing etc. and ramp up IEC activities.
The Administrator ordered that Director, Education must ensure that during online teaching being given by various schools, necessary lessons should be given to young children regarding hygienic practices to be followed to prevent infection.
The Administrator directed the Health Department and Muncipal Corporation to ensure that the vendors in markets are tested through Rapid Antigen Method, so that they do not become super spreaders.
The Administrator directed PGIMER to create plasma bank and also to study whether the Covid patients are suffering any side affects after treatment and recovery.
In the last 24 hours, 108 patients were declared cured and discharged.
There were 91 new persons diagnosed with Covid-19 and there was one fatality- a 74 year old male, resident of Sector 24. The number of Active Cases in the UT are 1012.

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