Confirmed count hits 311 in Manipur
IMPHAL: The number of recovered COVID-19 patients has exceeded the total active cases in India for the first time on Wednesday, according to the Union Health Ministry data. However, the total confirmed count in Manipur hit 311 on Wednesday with another seven fresh cases.
According to the Union Health Ministry, India reported close to 10,000 new instances of the infection in the last 24 hours till Wednesday 8:00 AM, pushing the country’s cumulative caseload to over 2.7 lakh.
Moreover, India recorded 279 new deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 7,745.
However, the good side was that the number of recovered and discharged patients stood at 1,35,205 against active cases which stand at 1,33,632, as per the ministry.
“Thus, 48.99 per cent of the patients have recovered so far,” an official said.
Dr Neeraj Gupta, professor in the Department of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi, said the data shows that more and more people are recovering which is as per global trends that 80 per cent are likely to have mild disease and make 100 per cent recovery.
“This should provide hope to the people of India at large who are having a mortal fear of the disease. But then this should not make them complacent and people should follow social distancing and sanitization guidelines,” Gupta said.
As per global evidence, 80 per cent of COVID cases are mild cases, while remaining 20 per cent may develop complications which would require hospitalisation.
Out of the hospitalized cases of COVID-19 only 5 per cent may require ICU care, an official said.
According to the ICMR, a total of 50,61,332 samples have been tested till 9 am on Wednesday, with 1,45,216 samples been tested in the last 24 hours.
India currently is the fifth worst-hit nation by the COVID-19 pandemic after the US, Brazil, Russia and the UK, according to data issued by the Johns Hopkins University.
COVID-19 cases hits 311 with 7 more fresh cases
Meanwhile, the total count of COVID-19 positive cases spiked to 311 with 7 more fresh cases being detected at JNIMS (Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences), Porompat during the last 24 hours.
5 samples were detected positive at JNIMS lab Tuesday night for the contagion while the 2 more samples were tested positive at the same hospital lab on Wednesday, taking the total count of active COVID cases to 248, being currently treated in the isolation wards of RIMS, JNIMS and Bishnupur District Hospital.
According to a statement released by Additional Director Health Department and COVID-19 Common Control Room Spokesperson Dr Khoirom Shasheekumar Mangang, 868 samples were tested at RIMS lab last night and all were found to be negative for the contagion. However, 5 samples were tested at JNIMS lab were found positive for the virus. All the individuals belonged to Imphal East district and they had returned from different states.
In another press release issued by the COVID-19 Common Control Room late evening on Wednesday, two more individuals of 21 and 25 years of age were detected positive for COVID-19 when their samples were tested at JNIMS lab. They are residents of Pherzawl district.
The health condition of the patients are stable and health authority is taking up all necessary preventive and control measures like containment and contact tracing, added the statement.
Following detection of the positive cases, District Administrations concerned have taken up containment measures to avoid further spread of the virus in the area.
The total number of tests conducted in the state has reached to 19854. The rate of test per million population has now improved to 6966 and the positivity rate is 1.56 percent, added the Control room.
Of the 248 active COVID-19 cases, 87 patients are currently undergoing treatment at RIMS COVID care centre, while 127 and 34 others are being treated at JNIMS and District Hospital Bishnupur.
Altogether 868 samples were tested for COVID at RIMS lab today and all of them were found to be negative. 276 samples were tested at JNIMS lab and 7 of them were detected COVID-19 positive.
Altogether 19756 samples have been tested in the state so far. 14757 persons are currently in different Community Quarantine Centres while 6340 persons are in Government quarantine centres.