India lockdown: Doubling of Covid-19 cases slowed
The Indian health ministry said the rate at which the number of coronavirus cases in the country was doubling has slowed post the nationwide lockdown. At a media briefing on updates on the COVID-19 situation on Friday evening, Joint Secretary at the Health Ministry Lav Agarwal said, “Before the lockdown, the doubling rate of coronavirus cases was 3 days. But going by the number of cases in the last seven days, the doubling rate has been 6.2 days. In 19 states and union territories, the doubling rate is less than the national average.
The lockdown was imposed on March 25 till April 14 before it was extended to May 3. The health ministry official added the average growth factor of Covid-19 cases from April 1 has been 1.2, whereas between March 15 and 31 it was 2.1 This decline of 40 percent was due to increase in testing, including that of cases with severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) and influenza-like illness (ILI), our New Delhi correspondent reports, quoting Agarwal. He said India has been doing better than many other countries on the outcome ratio, which is the number of recoveries from coronavirus infection versus the number of deaths
“If 80 percent of the patients in India are recovering and in 20 percent cases of deaths are being reported, then by that standard, India has been doing a little better than many other nations on the outcome ratio,” he said. The number of novel coronavirus cases in India rose to 14,378 and the death toll to 48, an update by the health ministry said this morning. It said 1,749 people have been cured of the infection, which is 13.06 percent of the total patients so far.