COVID-19 Tests Have Increased, Positivity Rate Declining: Centre

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Pareed, a 103-year-old COVID-19 patient, who recovered from the disease leaves after being discharged from Kalamassery Medical College Hospital, in Kochi, Tuesday, 18 August 2020.

While tests for the detection of COVID-19 have increased exponentially, there has been a steady decline in the positivity rate in India, a Union Health Ministry official said at a briefing on Tuesday, 25 August.

"Today, the recovered cases are 3.4 times more than the active cases in the country... For the first time, active cases of COVID-19 have reduced by 6,423 within a span of 24 hours," said Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan at the briefing, adding that the mortality rate in the country stands at 1.58 percent, which is one of the lowest in the world.

Earlier on Tuesday, India reported 60,975 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally in the country to 31,67,324. The country’s death toll stands at 58,390.

COVID-19 Tests Have Increased, Positivity Rate Declining: Centre
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  • Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan on Tuesday said India and Russia are in touch regarding the ‘Sputnik V’ vaccine developed by the latter country, with initial information having been shared
  • Karnataka Congress State President DK Shivakumar has tested positive for COVID-19. He has been admitted to a private hospital in Bengaluru
  • Maharashtra on Tuesday reported 10,425 new COVID-19 cases and 329 fatalities, taking the tally in the state to 7,03,823
  • Delhi reported 1,544 new COVID-19 cases and 17 fatalities, taking the tally in the national capital to 1,64,071 and the death toll to 4,330.

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