New Delhi: As India entered into fifth week of lockdown, there was a glimmer of hope as the government claimed that daily increase in cases has declined considerably. Besides, the country’s recovery rate has improved to 20.66 per cent and more than 5,000 people have been cured of the deadly virus. Also Read - Prince Charles Says he Feels Lucky After Coronavirus Recovery
The Union Health Ministry also informed that there are 80 districts that have reported no new COVID-19 cases. Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary in the ministry further claimed that the chain of transmission is being broken by the collective efforts of people and administration. Also Read - 'Unlock 1': Thermal Screening at Entrance, No Physical Offering | Here's SOP For Religious Places Ahead of Opening on June 8
When PM Modi had announced the nationwide lockdown on March 24, the daily growth rate of COVID-19 cases was 21.4 per cent. Govt officials have claimed that had the pandemic spread at the same rate India would had 2 lakh cases. Also Read - 'Unlock 1': '6-ft Distance, Masks, Aarogya Setu App Mandatory For Employees,' Centre Issues SOP For Workplace
Dr VK Paul, Niti Aayog member and Chairman of Empowered Group 1 said that lockdown has been effective in slowing the doubling rate of COVID-19 infection and saving lives. C K Mishra, the chairman of Empowered Group Two, said that one crucial weapon India employed during the 30-day lockdown period is ‘RT-PCR’ test, which helped in ‘ascertainment if one has contracted the disease or not.
“During the 30 days of lockdown, we have been able to cut transmission, minimize spread and increase the doubling days of COVID-19. We have been able to consistently ramp up our testing and utilise our time preparing for the future in case the virus spreads further,” he claimed further.
But there is still a long way to go as states like Maharashra, Gujarat and Delhi (UT) are witnessing increase in COVID-19 cases every single day. Since yesterday, the country has recorded nearly 2,000 fresh cases — 1,990 to be specific- biggest single-day spike so far. India’s total tally stood at 26,496. The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 824.