Coronavirus | Health Ministry pushes for more COVID-19 tests

Data released by the Ministry said that in the last 24 hours, 45,882 persons were found to be infected with the virus.   | Photo Credit: AP

The Union Health Ministry has advised the States and Union Territories to conduct more COVID-19 tests to track undetected and missed-out patients.


In an order on Friday, the Ministry advised them to adopt an aggressive and widespread testing strategy for prompt detection of the infection for effective tracing, containment and treatment.


The order comes a day after the Centre rushed high-level teams to Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Manipur to visit districts reporting high number of cases and support those States’ control efforts.


Stating that India had conducted 10,83,397 in the past 24 hours, the Ministry said high levels of testing had ensured that the cumulative positivity rate was sustained at low levels and followed a downward trajectory.


“The cumulative national positivity rate, which was 7.48% on October 31, stands at 6.95% currently. Bihar (1.81%), Uttar Pradesh (2.95%), Jharkhand (2.99%), Gujarat (3.09%) are among the top 20 States/UTs to have COVID-positivity rate less than the current national average,” the release said.

New cases


It said 45,882 persons were found to be newly infected in the 24 hours. Ten States and Union Territories accounted for 78.2% of the active case load, with Maharashtra leading the tally with 18.19% of the share.


India registered 44,807 new recoveries, taking the total recovered cases to 84,28,409. “The recovery rate has improved to 93.6% on Friday and the gap between recovered cases and active cases stands at 79,84,615. 78.02% of the new recovered cases is contributed by ten States/UTs. With 6,860 persons recovering from COVID, Kerala saw the most number of recoveries followed by Delhi with 6,685 daily recoveries, Maharashtra reported 5,860 new recoveries,” the release said.


Ten States and Union Territories have contributed 77.2% of the new cases. Delhi reported 7,546 cases, Kerala 5,722 and Maharashtra 5,535. Of the 584 fatalities, 81.85% have been reported from 10 States and Union Territories, with 154, or 26.32%, from Maharashtra, 93 from Delhi and 53 from West Bengal.

The Ministry said 12,95,91,786 samples had been tested as on date.



The Ministry said e-Sanjeevani, the national telemedicine initiative, completed 8 lakh consultations on Friday. “This is fast emerging as a sought after and popular means of seeking healthcare, especially during the COVID times in order to avoid physical contact while still benefiting by quality services. Over 11,000 patients are seeking health services on a daily basis in 27 States/UTs. eSanjeevani is also facilitating some States as a model that can serve patients throughout the year, especially in the far flung and remote areas,” the Ministry said.


The top 10 States which have registered highest consultations are Tamil Nadu (2,59,904), Uttar Pradesh (2,19,715), Kerala (58,000), Himachal Pradesh (46,647), Madhya Pradesh (43,045), Gujarat (41,765), Andhra Pradesh (35,217), Uttarakhand (26,819), Karnataka (23,008), and Maharashtra (9,741).

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