COVID-19 Update: India’s Testing Capacity Exponentially Scaled Up To 10.65 Crore
India exponentially scaled its testing capacity from one in January to 10.65 presently. Read on
According to the data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India saw a spike of 48, 648 new cases in a single day. It also recorded 563 deaths in the same period, increasing the COVID-19 toll to 1,21,090 in India. As per the report, India’s confirmed cases stand at 80,88,851. This includes the active cases of 5,94,386 after a decrease of 9,301 cases in the last 24 hours.
The Ministry of Health states that India has exponentially scaled up its testing capacity. From one in January to more than 10.65 crores presently. The report also suggests that high testing capacity has resulted in a continuous fall in the positivity rate. The currently stands at 7.54%. Likewise, more than 73,73,375 people have recovered from the virus. It also recorded 57, 386 new discharges in a single day. As per a report from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a total of 11,64,648 samples were tested on October 28 while cumulative samples tested for the virus till October 28 were 10,77,28,088.
However, India cannot let its guard down since the ICMR addressed a correlation between air pollution and COVID-19 mortality. While addressing the media, Director-General of the ICMR, Dr Balram Bhargav said that international studies have established a relationship between COVID-19 and the increasing air pollution and how it can aggravate respiratory disorders. This, in turn, can lead to an increase in the mortality rates. Quoting a study conducted at Howard Chen Institute in Boston, he said that the SARS-COV-2 virus remains suspended in PM 2.5 in most-polluted environments.
With respect to the given conditions, he suggests that the rapid and widespread adoption of wearing masks is the only treatment to curb COVID-19 and stay safe from air pollution. Another study conducted in San Francisco on wildfires and their effect on COVID-19 mortality showed that the wildfire pollutants, particulate matter PM-2.5m and CO have a positive association. Resulting in an increased number of SARS-COV-2 daily cases, cumulative cases and cumulative deaths in the country. Many countries around the globe are experiencing a rising level of air pollution. Precaution is better than cure, hence it advisable to wear a mask at all times to avoid any spurge in the infection rate.
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