India’s COVID-19 tally at 32 lakh; Govt says positivity rate on a decline

August 26, 2020 0 By FM

With more than 66,883 people testing positive for coronavirus infection, India’s COVID-19 tally rose to 32,316,21 on Tuesday. The total recoveries have surged to 24,667,92 with 63779 people getting cured during the day while the death toll has climbed to 59,597, with 848 more fatalities, according to health ministry data. The active cases stand at 70,4721 as of now.

Maharashtra on Tuesday reported 10,425 fresh COVID-19 infections, taking the State’s case tally to 7,03,823. The death toll due to the pandemic in the State rose to 22,794 with 329 fatalities being reported during the day, the official said. There are 1,65,921 active cases in Maharashtra now. As many as 12,300 people were discharged from hospitals on Tuesday, taking the number of recovered cases to 5,14,790. So far, 37,24,911 tests have been carried out in the State, according to the state health officials.

Followed by Maharashtra, the caseload in Tamil Nadu stood second with 3,734,10 cases followed by Andra Pradesh at 3,452,16.

On the basis of a seven-day rolling average, the positivity rate of COVID-19 has come down to eight per cent now from 11 per cent during the first week of August, said Health Ministry Secretary Rajesh Bhushan during a press briefing on Tuesday.

“While the tests for detection of COVID-19 have increased exponentially, there has been a steady decline in the positivity rate. For the first time, active cases of COVID-19 have reduced by 6,423 in a span of 24 hours,” he said.

The COVID-19 fatalities in India so far include 69 per cent male and 31 per cent female, while presenting a mortality analysis on the basis of age and gender.

“Thirty-six per cent of the deaths have been reported in the age group between 45-60 years and 51 per cent deaths in people aged 60 and above. Eleven 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,” he said, addressing a press briefing.

About 2.7 per cent of the active cases of the infection is on oxygen support, while 1.92 per cent are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 0.29 per cent are on ventilators.

The testing for the disease has been increased from 363 tests per million per day on August 1 to more than 600 tests per million per day at present, Bhushan said, with India having tested nearly 3.7 crore cumulative COVID-19 samples so far.