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Coronavirus: 3 key things that India did in last 30 days of lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 23 April 2020, 18:09 IST
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As the nation came into the 30th day of the nationwide lockdown, the Central government said that India has achieved a plenty in its battle against coronavirus.

A member of one of the dozen crornavirus authorized group laid out by the Centre, CK Mishra told media on Thursday that India has done three main things in the last 30 days.

"All thanks to people of India, we have been able to cut transmission, minimise spread and increase the doubling time for Covid-19 cases," CK Mishra said.

"Second, we have ramped up testing and third, prepare for the future if the virus spread further," he said.

CK Mishra stated that India has been able to invariably accelerate our testing. "We’ve taken several measures to ensure we remain more or less stable in the last 30 days," he said.

Mishra stated that the country has reached half a million coronavirus tests. Even though he said that the number of tests India has carried out is 33 times since 23rd March, there has also been an escalation in the number of positive cases.

"On March 23, we had done 14,915 tests across the country and on April 22, we have done more than 5 lakh tests. If a rough calculation is done it is about 33 times in 30 days. This is not enough and we need to ramp testing in this country," CK Mishra said.

Lav Aggarwal, health ministry official, stated that in 24 hours, 1,409 positive cases have be reported, which takes out total number of cases to 21,393.

Mr Aggarwal stated that India has 12 districts that didn’t have a new case in the last 28 days or more. There are now 78 districts that have not reported any new cases in the last 14 days.

He also emphasized that India has 4,257 people who have recuperated from coronavirus. In the last 24 hours, 388 patients have recovered from the disease.

"India's recovery rate is around 19.89 per cent," he stated.

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First published: 23 April 2020, 18:09 IST