Lockdown brought down COVID-19 cases: Govt

Annu Dewan
Coronavirus: COVID-19 patient being taken to the Hospital. (PTI Photo)

Coronavirus: COVID-19 patient being taken to the Hospital. (PTI Photo)

The countrywide lockdown, which has entered its fourth week, slowed down the spread of COVID 19 in the nation.

Stating the finding of the Union Health Ministry, Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, told the media on Friday that “before the lockdown, positive cases of COVID -19 were doubling at the rate of 3 days. Data over the last 7 days reveals that it is 6.2 days now.”

He added that “In 19 states and Union Territories including Kerala, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Ladakh, Puducherry, Delhi, Bihar, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Assam and Tripura, COVID-19 cases are doubling at a rate less than the national average.”

Comparing India to other countries, he also said that India is also faring well on outcome ratio, which is the ratio of the number of recoveries versus the total number of deaths.

According to the Health Ministry, 80 per cent of patients of COVID-19 are recovering compared to 20% deaths in the country.

The Union Health Ministry is also focusing its efforts on developing a vaccine.

“All our actions are focussed on speeding up the development of the vaccine. We are working on recombinant BCG, plasma Therapy, monoclonal antibodies to fight COVID-19,” the Ministry said.

According to Government data, around 1,919 dedicated COVID-19 hospitals with 1.73 lakh isolation beds and 21,800 ICU beds are available in the country currently.