Single-day spike at 80,092 on Sunday; India ramps up testing capacity to 10 lakh a day

August 31, 2020 0 By FM

With a spike of 80,092 fresh Covid-19 cases on Sunday, India’s COVID tally crossed 36-lakh mark, to reach 36,191,26, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW). The country reported 948 deaths in the last 24 hours taking the toll to 64,639. There are 7,816,56 active cases, and 27,728,31 recovered cases till now.

With a single-day spike of 16,408 cases, Maharashtra’s infection tally climbed to 7,80,689 on Sunday, the state health department said. Over 296 deaths reported during the day pushed the fatality count of the state to 24,399. As many as 7,690 patients were discharged on the day taking the total recoveries to 5,62,401. There are 1,93,548 active cases in the state at present.

A record of over 10.5 lakh tests being conducted in a day for detection of COVID-19, the number of tests performed in the country has crossed 4.14 crore, the Union health ministry said on Sunday. 

The exponential jump in the testing capacity and the number of tests has resulted in an upsurge in Tests Per Million to 30,044 as on date, it highlighted. With a record 10,55,027 tests conducted on Saturday, the country has further strengthened the national diagnostic capacity of testing more than 10 lakh samples for COVID-19 daily.