Though the pandemic is not over and all the precautions needs to be followed, the anxiety and fear caused by Coronavirus seems to be slowly fading in India. Before we get into the numbers, one needs to acknowledge the confidence that can be generally felt at the anecdotal level.
Amitabh Bachchan, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, BS Yediyurappa, Amit Shah …. These are the names we recently heard catching infection. All have recovered and have been discharged. It is not to undermine the suffering of common people from the virus, but it is natural that when those in the news cycle get affected by the spread, it shakes the collective psyche. However, their recovery and joining back work gives a feel of normalcy to an extent.
Now, let’s see what the numbers tell? They also give assuring picture for the common people.
On August 17, 2020 the country recorded the highest single day recoveries with as many as 57,584 COVID-19 patients getting cured and discharged in the last 24 hours. This achievement has further spurred India’s Recovery Rate to cross the 72% milestone.
The number of total recovered cases is reaching to 2 million (19,19,842). This has ensured that the difference between the recovered and active cases continues to expand. It is 12,42,942 today.
The actual case load of the country, viz. the Active Cases (6,76,900 on date) has reduced and currently comprises only 25.57% of the total positive cases. The Case Fatality Rate has further slumped to stand at 1.92%.
Another front where India is doing fine is the testing. On August 17, 2020, India has set a new landmark of conducting 3 crore tests cumulatively. More than 7 lakh tests were performed in the last 24 hours.
One may argue that the test positivity rate also spiked in the above graph with the increasing number of tests. To that end, The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has categorically stated that, “although higher number of tests will push the positivity rate initially, but as the Delhi experience has amply shown, it will eventually lower when combined with other measures such as prompt isolation, tracking and timely clinical management.”
Though the final solution may only arrive with a vaccine, as of now it shows that India’s health infrastructure and administrative machinery are well-oiled to deal with the crisis.