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Doubling rate of COVID-19 cases reduced after lockdown, growth factor down 40%: Govt

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Before the lockdown was imposed, the rate of COVID-19 cases doubled after every three days, but according to the data from the last seven days, the doubling rate of cases now stands at 6.2 days, said Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, on Friday.

Aggarwal said that the doubling rate in 19 states and Union Territories are even lower than the average doubling rate.

At the daily press briefing, Joint Secretary, Health, Lav Agarwal said the reduction in the doubling rate is the product of the management of the health crisis at the field level. He said that 5 lakh rapid antibody test kits are being distributed to states, which are burdened with a high number of positive cases.

He also added that the growth factor in the new cases has declined by 40 percent. The decline in the growth rate is concluded from the data from April 1 to mid-April, which recorded 1.2 per cent growth rates, as compared to 2.1 per cent from March 15 to March 30.

Meanwhile, there were 1,007 fresh COVID-19 cases and 23 deaths in the last 24 hours.

Dealing on the recovery of the patients, Agarwal said that 13.06 per cent is the recovery rate of patients from coronavirus infection and the outcome ratio, which is cases recovered from the viral infection, is better than other countries and the government is trying to improve it further.

Emphasising on the health infrastructure to fight the infection, he said: ‘1,919 dedicated COVID-19 hospitals with 1.73 lakh isolation beds, 21,800 ICU beds are ready in the country.’

An Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) official said 3,19,400 COVID-19 tests have been conducted so far and 28,340 tests in the past 24 hours.

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