The COVID-19 fatality rate of the country currently stands at 3.2% and the recovery rate has further improved.
Currently, we are at 33.6% [from 32.83% on Wednesday].
There are 3.0% active COVID-19 patients in ICU, 0.39% on ventilators and 2.7% on oxygen support.
There were 14 States/Union Territories that had not reported any cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, including Andhra Pradesh, Chandigarh, Gujarat and Jharkhand.
According to data from State Health Departments, the nationwide death toll stood at 2,649.
COBAS 6800 for nation
This is the first such testing machine that has been procured by the Government for testing of COVID-19 cases and is installed at NCDC.
COBAS-6800, is a fully automated, high-end machine for performing real time PCR testing of COVID-19.
It will provide quality, high-volume testing with a high throughput of test around 1200 samples in 24 hours.
It will largely increase the testing capacity with reduction in pendency.
The COBAS 6800 was a sophisticated machine that minimised the chance of contamination as well as the risk of infection to health care workers as it could be operated remotely with limited human intervention.