The government said on Friday the nationwide lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a convenient step, without which there would have been an expected one lakh COVID-19 cases in India at this point.
Centre Says India Would Have Reached 1 Lakh Cases without Lockdown
In a press briefing, officials said the virus episode is leveled out in the nation and credited a powerful reconnaissance network alongside the implementation of the lockdown and other regulatory measures for it.
Of the 11 empowered groups shaped to recommend measures to increase medicinal services, set the economy back on target and decrease misery of people once the lockdown is lifted, director of Empowered Group One and Niti Aayog part VK Paul said by their analysis, the lockdown has been viable in easing back the rate at which COVID-19 cases is multiplying in India, and it currently remains at 10 days.
“If we go back to March 21, the cases were doubling in around three days. An important turn came on March 23 after the Janata Curfew had happened. The direction changed and the doubling rate increased to five. By then, we had already put in place travel restrictions and had created an environment of social distancing. There were some disturbances in between and we went back a little. But from April 6, the doubling time started improving,” he said.
Paul also said the big decision of imposing the nationwide lockdown has “proved to be very timely and beneficial”, as shown by the change in the growth trajectory of India’s COVID-19 cases.
“The curve has begun to flatten. Had we not taken the decision of clamping the nationwide lockdown, we would have had around 1 lakh COVID-19 cases by now, as per a reasonable estimate. Now, the outbreak is under control,” the Empowered Group One chairman said.
Authorities, in any case, said these projections depend on the growth pattern at a particular time.
Director of National Center for Disease Control SK Singh observation has been the nation’s essential weapon in the battle against novel coronavirus.
“We started our surveillance mechanism even before the first case was reported in India. This played an important role in helping us contain the spread of the infection,” he said.
Singh said around 9.45 lakh suspected coronavirus cases are under the surveillance network at present and upon detection of symptoms of the infection, tests are taken from these people for testing. He said the reconnaissance organize has been set up at area level also, with the goal that family unit overview, isolate and quarantine are done as a major aspect of cluster containment plan.
Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry Lav Agarwal said over the most recent 28 days, above 15 districts have had no new case, while there are 80 districts in the nation that have not detailed any new coronavirus case over the most recent 14 days.