Coronavirus | India records highest single-day spike in the world

India has tested more than 9 lakh samples for the detection of COVID-19 for the second consecutive day.

A health worker collects swab sample for coronavirus test at a mobile testing van, in New Delhi. FileA health worker collects swab sample for coronavirus test at a mobile testing van, in New Delhi | File Photo | Photo Credit: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

A record single day spike of 77,266 infections in a day, pushed India’s COVID-19 tally to 33,87,500, while the death-toll climbed to 61,529 with 1,057 people succumbing to the disease in a span of 24 hours, Union Health Ministry data updated at 8 a.m. on Friday showed.

India registered 75,760 infections the previous day.

This is the highest single-day spike for any country in the world. According to Johns Hopkins University data, 77,255 new cases reported in the U.S. on July 17, 2020 was the previous high.

According to the University data India stands third in the number of cases after the U.S. and Brazil. In terms of deaths India is at fourth after the U.S., Brazil and Mexico.

Top 5 Highest single day spikes recorded:

CountryNo. of casesDate
India77,266August 27
USA77,255March 21
Brazil69,074July 29
Chile36,179June 17
France26,849April 12
Source: JHU

Highest single-day spikes for other major countries

CountryNo. of casesDate
Spain19,382August 24
China15,133February 13
Pakistan12,073June 14
Russia11,656May 11
Italy6,557March 21
Source: JHU

The cumulative tests for detection of COVID-19 have reached 3,94,77,848 in the country, and more than 1 crore samples have been tested in the past two weeks, the Ministry said, highlighting that the Tests Per Million have increased to 28,607.

India has tested more than 9 lakh samples for the detection of COVID-19 for the second consecutive day, keeping a sharp focus on the ‘test, track and treat’ strategy of the government.

India has already created a capacity of doing 10 lakh tests per day. A total of 9,01,338 samples were tested in a span of 24 hours on Thursday taking the cumulative tests to 3,94,77,848 so far.

“More than 1 crore samples have been tested for COVID in the past two weeks,” the Ministry said.

“The Tests Per Million too have seen a sharp surge to 28,607. It is only by aggressive testing that positive cases can be identified at an early stage, their close contacts promptly tracked and isolated as well as timely and effective treatment can be ensured,” the Ministry underlined.

The graded and evolving response has resulted in a testing strategy that steadily widened the testing net in the country.

To keep up with this strategy, the testing lab network in the country is continuously strengthened which as on today consists of 1,564 labs in the country; 998 labs in the government sector and 566 private labs.

Recoveries exceed actives cases; case fatality drops to 1.82%

The effectiveness of the Centre’s ‘test, track and treat’ approach is reflected in the progress on the COVID-19 recovery front and the reduction in fatality rate, the government said, highlighting that recoveries exceed active cases by over 18 lakh as on date.

The Ministry pointed out that in the past five months, more than three-fourth of COVID-19 cases have recovered and less than one-fourth are active now.

“Effective treatment of positive cases has resulted in a progressively dipping COVID case fatality rate, which is pegged at 1.82% as on date,” the Ministry said.

The number of recoveries is nearly 3.5 times the active cases of coronavirus infection currently, it said.

With more patients recovering and being discharged from home isolation and hospitals, India’s COVID-19 recoveries is nearing 26 lakh.

With a total of 60,177 patients having recuperated in a span of 24 hours, the recoveries have surged to 25,83,948 and the recovery rate has reached 76.28%.

“Higher number of recoveries has led to a constantly growing difference between recoveries and active cases. Crossing 18 lakhs, the difference stands at 18,41,925 today,” the Ministry said.

The Union government has adopted a graded and evolving strategic response to COVID management in India within the larger evolving global context.

The early focus on surveillance and contact-tracing through house-to-house survey was continuously strengthened with increase in testing for ensuring early identification of positive cases.

This has ensured prompt isolation of the confirmed positive cases either in supervised home care for the mild and moderate ones or in hospitals in case of those exhibiting critical symptoms, the Ministry said.

The Centre has led the country-wide response and management with steady ramping up of hospital infrastructure through the three-tiered dedicated COVID facilities — Dedicated COVID Hospitals (DCHs) with ICU bed, ventilators etc., for critical care management; Dedicated COVID Health Centres (DCHCs) with oxygen beds and doctor on call facility and COVID Care Centres (CCCs) with isolation beds.

As on date, the country has 1,723 DCHs, 3,883 DCHCs and 11,689 CCCs with a total of 15,89,105 isolation beds, 2,17,128 oxygen-supported beds and 57,380 ICU beds.

(With inputs from PTI and The Hindu)