Test-positive ratio at 10:1 in India; COVID tally touches 7.2 lakh

July 7, 2020 0 By FM

With rising number of infections and declining number of tests, India’s test-positive ratio has peaked to the world’s highest at 10:1 as on Monday.

ICMR said on Monday that as many as 2,41,430 samples were tested for COVID-19 nationwide on July 6, showing a substantial drop in number of tests as compared to the earlier projected 3 lakh tests a day. The country reported 24,248 new cases on Monday.  While the country has so far tested 1,02,11,092 samples, its total tally of positive cases stood at 7,19,665 as on Monday night.

In May, when the country had an average of 4000 new cases a day, it had about a lakh testing, making the test-positive ratio at 25:1. Since the single-day spike started showing a rapid upward move afterwards, the ICMR wanted to increase the number of tests to 3 lakh a day to match the requirement. Again, when the daily new cases rose beyond 10000, the ICMR projection on per day tests was 5,00,000.  Unfortunately, at a time when the country’s per day spike in new cases scaled to 25,000, the tests have come down to 2,40,000. 

India has 2,59,557 active cases under treatment at various hospitals and isolation centres.  According to official data from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, about 4,39,948 patients have recovered so far.  With as many as 467 new deaths reported on Monday, the pandemic has claimed  20,160 lives in all in India.

With 2,11,987 cases being reported so far Maharashtra continues to remain as the worst-hit state due to COVID-19. Of these 87,699 are active cases, and 1,15,262 have been recovered. The state’s death toll stood at 9,026 as of now. Tamil Nadu with 1,14,978 cases stood second to Maharashtra and is followed by Delhi (1,00,823).