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India tests record 4.2 lakh samples in a single day for coronavirus

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With increased testing of samples for COVID-19, the fatality rate has significantly dropped to 2.35 per cent on 25th July, 2020 and the recovery rate has surged to 63.54 per cent

India recently tested 4.2 lakh samples, the highest so far on a single day, for the coronavirus infection. It also recorded the highest number of new cases in a day at 48,894 even as tests per million (TPM) stood at 11,485.

According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHF&W), 3.50 lakh tests were conducted every day over the last week. With 4,20,898 samples tested in the past 24 hours, it added, the Tests Per Million (TPM) has increased to 11,485 and continue to maintain an upward trend.

“The Union government has advised all state and UT governments to keep up the strategy of ‘Test, Track and Treat’ with aggressive testing which may lead to higher number of daily positive cases initially but would eventually achieve a decline as has been demonstrated after the central government’s targeted efforts in the NCT of Delhi,” the ministry said in a statement.

With increased testing of samples for COVID-19, the fatality rate has significantly dropped to 2.35 per cent on 25th July, 2020 and the recovery rate has surged to 63.54 per cent.

“India has one of the lowest fatality rates in the world,” the MoHF&W said.

The downward trend in fatality rate means the collective efforts of the Centre, and state and UT governments have checked the mortality due to COVID-19, it stated.

A total of 8,49,431 COVID-19 patients have recovered.

The recoveries exceed the active cases by 3,93,360.

However, with 48,916 fresh cases, India’s COVID-19 tally zoomed past 13 lakh more recently, while the death toll mounted to 31,358, the ministry said.

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