The centre said today that India’s doubling rate of coronavirus cases has improved in 10 days, down from 7.5 days reported earlier this week. The latest report indicates that the month-long lockdown which was imposed to slow the transmission of coronavirus has been a success. Nearly 4,748 people have been cured of COVID-19, with a recovery rate of 20.57 percent.
Dr VK Paul, Niti Aayog member, was quoted as saying, “Our analysis shows the lockdown has been effective in slowing the doubling rate of COVID-19, and saved lives. The lockdown decision was timely as the around 23,000 cases in India today could have been 73,000,”
The doubling rate is being considered a marker of tracing how fast the infection is being spread. Earlier this week, the ministry said that the doubling rate had come down from 3.4 percent days before lockdown to 7.5 days.
The senior health ministry official Lav Agarwal said in his daily press briefing, “…So far, 4,748 people have recovered including 419 people who recovered yesterday. This takes our recovery rate to 20.57 per cent.”
“Till date, there are 80 districts in the country that have reported no new cases in the last 14 days. The chain of transmission is being broken by the collective efforts of people and administration. We should see that the green zone districts maintain the status of no new cases and also, new districts get added into this category.”
On Friday India registered 1,752 new cases which is the biggest jump since the beginning of the pandemic taking the total number to 23,452. In the last 24 hours 37 deaths have been reported taking the total death toll in the country to 723.