Coronavirus update: India records 1,428 new Covid-19 cases, 57 deaths in last 24 hours

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APRIL 25, 2020

Inter-Ministerial Central team (IMCT) , wearing protective gear (PPE) visit the M.R. Bangur hospital , which has been designated as COVID-19 hospital during the national lockdown imposed by the government to curb the spread of coronavirus in Kolkata, India on April 23, 2020. – Sonali Pal Chaudhury/NurPhoto via Getty Images

There were 1,429 new cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and 57 deaths across the country in the last 24 hours, the Union home ministry said on Saturday, which marks a month since India was put under a nationwide lockdown.

India’s tally of the coronavirus disease stands at 24,506—including 18,668 active cases, 5063 cured, discharged or migrated and 775 deaths, according to the health ministry’s dashboard at 8am.

India had 606 cases and 10 fatalities before all transport were banned, offices and schools closed, and people told to stay indoors unless they were out for essential purchases or services on March 25, the first day of the lockdown.

Officials have said the lockdown has substantially slowed the growth of the Covid-19 outbreak.

“If we go back to March 21, cases were doubling in around three days. An important turn came on March 23, after the Janta Curfew.

“The direction changed and the doubling rate increased to five (days),” VK Paul, NITI Aayog member said on Friday during the government’s daily briefing.

“By then, we already put in place travel restrictions and had created an environment of social distancing.

“There were some setbacks in between but from April 6, doubling time started improving,” he said.

Paul, who also heads one of the high-level task forces coordinating the Covid-19 outbreak response, said India’s current doubling rate is 8.6 days.

According to Paul, cases will decline and more gains will be reflected in the “first, maybe even second week of May”.

Experts, however, warned the numbers may not be an accurate representation of the outbreak.

The Indian Council of Medical Research data shows the number of daily tests on Wednesday and Thursday were around 40,000 each. This number was 20,864 on March 25.

Testing per million people in India is less than 401—a number that is among the world’s lowest—but it has constantly moved up. On March 31, it was just 27.

Experts around the world say test, trace, contain are crucial for countries so that they can look at lifting their lockdowns, a drastic measure that most countries were jolted into adopting in mid-March when infections began ballooning.

There were 2,790,986 Covid-19 cases and 195,920 deaths across the world till around 3am India time, the Covid-19 dashboard of Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) showed.

Follow the government’s latest guidance on safeguarding yourself during the coronavirus pandemic, including travel advice within and outside the country. The World Health Organization has also busted some myths surrounding coronavirus. The Ministry of Health’s special helpline is available at +91-11-23978046, ncov2019@gmail.com and ncov2019@gov.in.


Courtesy/Source: Hindustan Times