Doubling time slows to 13.9 days 

#GS2 #Health 

  • 3,722 new cases; death toll at 2,549 
  • 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. 
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