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Without Lockdown, Social Distancing, India Would Have 2 Lakh COVID-19 Cases By Now: Health Ministry

On Saturday (April 11), the centre said, in the absence of adequate measures like lockdown and social distancing to contain the spread of novel coronavirus, India would have witnessed over 2 lakh COVID-19 cases

Without Lockdown, Social Distancing, India Would Have 2 Lakh COVID-19 Cases By Now: Health Ministry
Highlights
  • Lockdown, containment measures important to fight COVID-19: Health Ministry
  • Before lockdown, growth rate of COVID-19 cases was 28.9%: Health Ministry
  • India has 586 COVID-19 dedicated hospitals, over 1 lakh isolation beds

New Delhi: The Centre on Saturday (April 11) said had the government not taken adequate measures to contain the spread of coronavirus then the country would have witnessed 2 lakh cases by now. The Union Health Ministry said that lockdown and containment measures are important to fight COVID-19. “The Lockdown and containment measures are important to fight COVID-19. If we had not taken any measures then we might have had 2 lakh cases at this time,” said Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry.

He highlighted that the estimation is a result of the statistical analysis and it is not an ICMR study.

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It is a statistical rate of growth based analysis. It is not an ICMR study. Before the nationwide lockdown, the rate of growth in cases was 28.9 per cent and if we had not announced nationwide lockdown but followed the usual preventive methods only, then we might have had 45,000 cases at this time, he said.

Mr Aggarwal said that the government is following twin measures to contain the spread of coronavirus.

We are following twin measures, at one hand we are promoting social distancing and lockdown and on the other hand we are ensuring containment action plan, contact tracing and other planning to deal with COVID-19, he said.

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Mr Aggarwal said that India’s response to COVID19 has been proactive.

India’s response to COVID19 has been proactive. We have followed a graded approach. There are 586 COVID-19 dedicated hospitals and more than 1 lakh isolation beds and 11,500 ICU beds reserved for COVID-19 patients across the country, said Mr Aggarwal.

PPEs, ventilators and other critical medical supplies are being ensured by the centre to states. The containment action plan, contact tracing and other planning are being ensured, he added.

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With 1,035 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, the total number of coronavirus cases in the country soared to 7,447, the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry said on Saturday (April 11).

A total of 1,035 COVID-19 cases were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases in the country to 7,447. There were 40 deaths during this period, taking the total toll to 239, Mr Aggarwal said.

“As many as 642 people have been cured of COVID-19,” he added.

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