AGENCIES, New Delhi: There is no doubt that the lockdown imposed in the country in battling the deadly coronavirus is working. The doubling rate of COIVD-19 cases in India has dropped from 6.2 days over the past week as compared to 3 days before the lockdown was imposed last month, the government said on Friday, adding that there had been a 40 per cent decline in the growth of new cases.
The decline is also due to increased testing, including that of patients suffering from SARI (severe acute respiratory illness) and ILI (influenza-like illness), the government added.
“Before the lockdown, doubling rate of COVID19 cases was about three days, but according to data in the past seven days, the doubling rate of cases now stands at 6.2 days,” Lav Aggarwal, a senior Health Ministry official, told reporters during a daily briefing.
Aggarwal also said the rate — the days it takes for the number of novel coronavirus cases to double — in 19 states and Union Territories was even lower than the national average. These include Kerala (which made the case for an extended isolation period) Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and UP, which are among the worst-hit states in the country.
The government also said recovery rates had improved. The ratio between recovered COVID-19 patients and deaths stands at 80:20, which is higher than several other countries.
Earlier today internal government assessments suggested the number of COVID-19 cases in the country could peak in the first week of May, after which it will decline. Sources sais the next week could be crucial, a point highlighted by an increase in testing.