With more patients cured, India’s total Recoveries reach nearly 21 lakh

New Delhi/Chandigarh, August 20, 2020: With more patients recovering and being discharged from hospitals and home isolation (in case of mild and moderate cases), India’s total COVID-19 recoveries have reached nearly 21 lakh today.
Recovery of 20,96,664 patients has been made possible because of effective implementation of the policy of Testing aggressively, Tracking comprehensively and Treating efficiently.
Focus on Standard of Care protocol including use of non-invasive oxygen, better skilled doctors in the ICUs and hospitals and improved ambulance services have culminated in yielding the desired results.
With the recoveries of 58,794 in the last 24 hours, India’s Recovery Rate amongst the COVID-19 patients has reached nearly 74% (73.91%) reflecting that the number of patients recovering is on a steady rise over the past several months.
India has posted more than 14 lakh (14,10,269) recoveries than the active cases (6,86,395 which are under active medical care).
The record high recoveries have ensured that the actual caseload of the country viz. the active cases, has reduced and currently comprises only 24.19% of the total positive cases.
Early identification through Testing surveillance and contact Tracing along with focus on timely and appropriate clinical Treatment of COVID19 patients has ensured that not only is the Case Fatality Rate lower than the global average and progressively declining ( current figure is 1.89%), but also a small proportion of the active cases are on ventilator support.
Update on Punjab and Chandigarh (as at 7 pm)
In Punjab, the Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, announced a weekend lockdown and daily night curfew from 7 pm to 5 am. in all cities/towns from tomorrow.
He also ordered a total ban on all gatherings except weddings and funerals across the state till August 31.
Punjab Government and private offices will work at 50% capacity till the end of this month apart from other emergency measures imposed in the State
Meanwhile, in Chandigarh, the Administration announced that on the basis of recommendation received from the Affected Areas Assessment Committee, the removal of perimeter controls has been ordered in parts of Pipali Wala Town, Manimajra, EWS Colony, Dhanas .
In the last 24 hours, 39 patients were declared cured and discharged from Home Isolation/Sood Dharamshala/ GMCH32/ Dhanwantri/ Sector 48 Hospital/Panjab University and PGIMER.
In the same period as many as 119 new persons were declared Positive for Covid -19 in the Union Territory.
The total number of Active cases in Chandigarh now are 1092. Results of 83 samples are awaited.

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