Daily spike in Covid cases nears 20,000; count 5.28L

Daily spike in Covid cases nears 20,000; count 5.28L

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Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 28

Covid-19 cases in India today rose to 5,28,859 after a record daily surge of around 20,000 cases, while the recovery rate improved to 58.56 per cent. The death toll reached 16,095.

The number of recoveries is 3,09,712, as against 2,03,051 active cases. Government experts attribute the rise in daily cases to enhanced testing. Daily test count crossed 2.3 lakh samples today as against total national capacity of three lakh samples.

Over the past 24 hours, the country added 19,906 new cases of Covid infection and saw 13,832 recoveries. The disease graph will not decline until the number of recoveries per day outstrips the number of newly infected, experts say.

The government is, therefore, shifting to rapid and active testing and isolation to ensure that symptomatic people are tested and managed. States, including Delhi, have launched house-to-house surveys to find symptomatic persons and manage them. Total testing labs in India are 1,036 with 749 in the government sector and the rest in private.

India has added over one lakh cases in just a week's time having reached the first mark of one lakh cases after 109 days.

The revision in the Covid-19 clinical management protocol, meanwhile, with the latest addition of dexamethasone steroid, is also aimed at improving disease management.

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