Less tests lead to fall in new COVID-19 cases; Monday spike drops to 70K

September 22, 2020 0 By FM

India has seen a marginal drop in new SARS CoV-2 infection cases since Sunday as compared to last week’s per day rise of close to a lakh.  There were only 73,279 new cases got registered on Monday and it was about 84,000 on Sunday.  

Since this drop is mainly attributed to reduced number of tests, there is no reason to believe that the infection spread is getting under control. The number of samples tested in the last two days were lower compared to last week.  According to the  Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) as many as 6,53,25,779 samples were tested up to 21st September for Covid-19. About 7,31,534 samples were tested on Sunday while it was 9,33,185 on Monday.

With Monday’s reported cases,  the total COVID-19 caseload in the country has now touched 55,602,83, of which 9,821,31 are active cases and 44,891,63 patients have recovered so far.  

According to the Ministry of Health, the high rate of daily recoveries has positioned India as the top country globally with a maximum number of recovered cases pushing the recovery rate to more than 80%.  

Maharashtra witnessed a relatively low surge of 15,738 COVID-19 cases on Monday, taking the tally to 12,24,380 of which 2,74,623 are active ones. The total recoveries have risen to 9,16,318 adding 32,007 more recoveries seen during the day. The total fatalities reached 33,015 with 344 more recent deaths.

However, the low spike has to be viewed in the context of just 40,000 samples tested in the last 24 hours as opposed to the daily average of nearly 90,000 samples.

“Of the 59,12,258 laboratory samples tested thus far, 12,24,380 (20.71%) have returned positive with more than 40,000 samples across the State being tested in the last 24 hours. The recovery rate has risen to 74.84%,” said Surveillance Officer Dr Pradeep Awate, adding that the fatality rate was 2.7%.

Meanwhile, 3,022 patients under treatment saw a recovery on Monday in Kerala. The state added 2,910 new COVID cases during the day.