As India's COVID-19 tally crossed 68 lakh-mark, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare stated that India has performed remarkably on fulfilling the World Health Organisation (WHO)'s advice of 140 tests/day per million population.
The Health Ministry stated that the last 3 weeks' trend shows a steep decline in the national cumulative positivity rate, which is currently at 8.19 percent. 7 states/UTs have reported a positivity rate of less than 5 percent while 22 States/UTs have a positivity rate less than the national average, it added.
The national average of tests/day per million population, as reported by the Health Ministry, stands at 865 with 35 states/UTs performing more than 140 tests/day/million population.
83,011 single-day recoveries were registered in the last 24 hours across India as against 78,524 new COVID-19 confirmed cases. 75 percent of new recovered cases are observed to be concentrated in 10 states/UTs while 79 percent of the new positive cases are from 10 states and UTs, the Ministry of Health said.
These 10 states are Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Delhi, and Chhatisgarh.
Meanwhile, the Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan and other senior officials of the Health Ministry took a pledge to follow and popularize COVID-19 appropriate behavior, at Nirman Bhawan.
The Health Ministry also stated that "We must create a safe environment for ourselves and our friends by following COVID Appropriate Behaviours. Don’t crowd! Greet your friends from a distance."
India's COVID-19 tally stands at 68,35,656 including 9,02,425 active cases, 58,27,705 cured and discharged cases and 1,05,526 deaths.