There has been a steady decline in positivity rate of COVID-19 despite an exponential increase in testing, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday, underlining that the number of active cases of the infection have reduced by 6,423 in a day for the first time.
The Delhi Chief Minister Mr Arvind Kejriwal said the national capital is past the peak of the second wave of COVID-19 and the situation has been largely controlled while union health secretary Mr Rajesh Bhushan said though peak and trends cannot be predicted but a decline in fresh cases in the last 14 days has been observed.
Union Health Ministry Rajesh Bhushan said that on the bases seven-day rolling average, COVID-19 positivity rate, which was 11 per cent in the first week of August, has come down to 8 per cent now.
He added that for the first time, active cases of COVID-19 have reduced by 6,423 within a span of 24 hours. Recovered cases are 3.4 times the number of active cases in the country.
The COVID-19 testing in India has improved from 363 tests per million per day on August 1 to more than 600 tests per million per day at present, Bhushan said.
According to the ministry, 2.70 per cent of active cases of coronavirus infection are on oxygen support, 1.92 per cent in ICU and 0.29 per cent on ventilators.
Presenting a mortality analysis on the basis of age and gender, Bhushan said 69 per cent of COVID deaths have been reported in men and 31 per cent in women.
He said, “36 per cent of the deaths reported in people with age group between 45-60 years and 51 per cent deaths in people aged 60 and above. 11 per cent deaths were reported in the age group of 26-44 years and 1 per cent each among people aged 18-25 and those below 17”.
Earlier in a statement, the ministry said India had tested nearly 3.7 crore cumulative COVID-19 samples so far.
“With 9, 25,383 tests conducted in the last 24 hours, the tests per million have seen a sharp rise to 26, 685,” it said.
India’s testing lab network has seen a substantial widening with total of 1524 labs today—986 labs in the government sector and 538 private labs, the ministry said.
-Davinder Panesar, NMTV News