India would have seen an exponential spike in cases without lockdown: Govt

Annu Dewan

coronavirus india cases and lockdownOn a day when the country saw the biggest spike so far in COVID-19 positive cases, the Union Health Ministry on Saturday said had it not been for the countrywide lockdown, the situation could have been much worse.

“Had there been no lockdown, there would have been an exponential increase in COVID-19 cases translating into 8.2 lakh cases by April 15, Lav Aggarwal, Union Health Ministry Joint Secretary, said quoting a statistical study.

The Health Ministry said the Government and the administration had always taken pre-emptive actions to identify COVID 19 hotspots in the country.

Aggarwal said, “India’s response has always been proactive with a singular focus on containment.”

According to the Health Ministry, so far around 586 dedicated COVID-19 hospitals have been earmarked at the State and Central level. One lakh isolation beds and 11,500 ICU beds have been reserved for COVID-19 patients across country.

Recent figures released by Health Ministry show an increase of 1035 cases and 40 deaths in the last 24 hours across the country.