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Without steps, COVID-19 cases seen at 8.2 lakh by Apr 15: Health ministry

New Delhi: The Union Well being Ministry on Saturday stated that the variety of COVID-19 (coronavirus) circumstances within the nation may have elevated to eight.2 lakh by April 15 had India not carried out a lockdown and different containment measures.

Addressing a every day briefing on the coronavirus scenario of the nation, Joint Secretary within the Well being Ministry Lav Agarwal stated early preemptive motion has been taken to determine COVID-19 hotspots, together with implementation of different containment measures.

“In response to a statistical evaluation by us, India would have registered a 41 per cent cumulative rise within the variety of circumstances, taking the overall to 2.08 lakh on April 11 and eight.2 lakh by April 15 had there been no COVID-19 nationwide lockdown or different containment measures,” the officer stated.

With containment measures however no lockdown, the variety of circumstances may have risen to 1.2 lakh until April 15 and to 45,370 on April 11 going by the height development charge of 28.9 per cent seen earlier than the lockdown, he stated.

On Friday, when requested about an ‘ICMR report’ that said India would have had as much as 8.2 lakh COVID-19 optimistic circumstances by April 15 had it not been for the 21-day nationwide lockdown, Agarwal had stated there was no such report.

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The query on the purported ‘ICMR report’ was requested on Friday after MEA’s Secretary (West) Vikas Swarup, whereas briefing overseas media, had reportedly stated that with out the lockdown, there may have been 8,20,000 circumstances by 15 April.

He had cited an Indian Council of Medical Analysis (ICMR) research for the determine of 8.2 lakh.

Agarwal on Saturday clarified that there was no such ICMR report which gave the 8.2 lakh determine, however a “statistical analysis by us”.

Stressing on the significance of social distancing, lockdown and different efforts within the battle in opposition to coronavirus, Agarwal stated, “Since we started promoting social distancing and implemented lockdown from March 25 along with other containment measures, there has been a decrease in cases and we have 7,447 coronavirus cases till date.”

His remarks got here on a day Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with chief ministers and stated there appears to be a consensus amongst states on extending by one other two weeks the continuing nationwide lockdown, which started on March 25 and was to finish on April 14.

On the briefing, Agarwal elaborated on India’s preparedness to cope with the problem of the virus, saying 586 hospitals have been earmarked as devoted COVID-19 amenities at state and Central degree with capability of over one lakh isolation beds and 11,836 ICU beds reserved for such sufferers.

“This figure is being augmented every day, based on the evolving situation,” he stated.

In response to the Well being Ministry, the demise toll because of coronavirus rose to 242 and the variety of circumstances within the nation climbed to 7,529 on Saturday, a rise of 768 circumstances in 24 hours since Friday night

“The response of the Government of India has been preemptive, proactive and to the extent of being over-prepared and through our graded approach, we have aligned our response with the evolving situation,” Agarwal stated.

The AYUSH ministry has ready a set of tips on respiratory well being and to spice up immunity. Districts have been requested to include this in district-level contingency plan as effectively, he stated.

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Agarwal additionally asserted that the nation has no scarcity of anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine, cited by many as a viable therapeutic answer to counter the coronavirus an infection.

To a query on the efficacy of the drug on frontline well being employees, Head of Epidemiology and Communicable ailments at ICMR Raman R Gangakhedkar stated, “Out study has not reached at the stage where the results can be analysed so as to draw a conclusion. The duration of exposure has to be long enough otherwise our conclusions may be wrong.”

Stressing on using hydroxychloroquine as a prophylaxis for healthcare employees and family contacts taking good care of coronavirus optimistic case, he stated, “There is no evidence to recommend its use for general public.”

To a different query, the ICMR official stated, “Five lakh antibody testing kits ordered by the ICMR have not been received yet.”

He stated over 1.7 lakh samples have been examined for COVID-19 within the nation to this point, of which 16,564 have been examined on Friday. Out of those 16,564 samples, 14,210 have been examined in 146 authorities laboratories below the ICMR community and the remaining at 67 personal labs.

(PTI)

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