Coronavirus pandemic curve stabilising in many states, says Centre

New Delhi: Coronavirus disease pandemic was stabilising in many states, VK Paul,  member (health), Niti Aayog, said on Wednesday even as the country continue to report over 2.5 lakh cases.  

“In many states the pandemic curve is stabilising, as a result of comprehensive efforts at containment, at testing, restrictions, and all the other efforts that people of those states are carrying out. States such as Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, and Madhya Pradesh,” said Paul during the weekly briefing on Covid-19 updates.

Presenting a comparative data in the briefing to show how lesser India’s population has been infected with the virus in comparison to other countries, Lav Agarwal, joint secretary, Union Health Ministry, said that there has been limited infection spread in the country.

“The continued efforts made by the medical fraternity, by states and districts, in coordination with Union government, during the past one year and four months have ensured that there has been limited infection spread in the country. If you look at data, only 1.8% of country’s population has been affected with Covid-19 that was found to be laboratory confirmed positive case,” he said.

Comparing the figures with other countries, Agarwal said that in United States about 10.1% of the population has been infected, in Brazil the percentage increased to 7.3%, in a developed country like France it is around 9%, in Russia about 3.4%, about 7.4% in Italy …which goes on to show our efforts on ground, wherein we involved people at the community level, have resulted in the disease transmission having been curtailed to a large extent.

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“It is a mixed picture but there is overall stabilisation, and what we know from scientific analysis that the reproduction number (R0) is overall below 1 now,” said Paul.

Meanwhile, India, hit by two new variants, saw worst surge of coronavirus  infection in the past one month with daily toll mounting above 4 lakh. While the daily toll has now come down to 2.63 lakh, death toll continues to pose as  a threat with over 4,000 people succumbing to the virus, 

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