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Harsh Vardhan says lockdown prevented 29 lakh COVID-19 cases


Union health minister Harsh Vardhan on Monday said the countrywide lockdown imposed by the Centre has prevented around 14-29 lakh COVID-19 cases and 37,000-78,000 deaths in India. Harsh Vardhan said this while briefing the Lok Sabha about the coronavirus pandemic. He also spoke about the measures taken by the government to control it.

Harsh Vardhan said India has been able to limit its cases and deaths per million to 3,328 and 55, respectively. It is one of the lowest in the world as compared to similarly affected countries.

Govt created 15,284 COVID treatment facility

As on September 12, 2020, a total of 15,284 COVID treatment facilities with 13,14,646 dedicated isolation bed without oxygen support have been created. Also, a total of 2,31,093 oxygen supported isolation beds and 62,717 ICU beds (including 32,575 ventilator beds) have been created.

“Constant monitoring of the disease trend, analysis of available infrastructure and planning in advance for the future has averted a major crisis as was faced by many developed countries. In addition, a total of 12,826 quarantine centres with 598,811 beds have been created,” the health minister informed the Lok Sabha.

Lockdown utilised to create additional health infra

The minister said: “These four months were utilised to create additional health infrastructure, enhance human resource and produce within India critical elements such as PPEs, N-95 masks and ventilators.”

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He added: “A case in point is the increase in dedicated isolation beds 36.3 times and dedicated ICU beds above 24.6 times to what existed in March 2020. Whereas there was no indigenous manufacturing of PPE, with the requisite standards, at that point in time, we are now self-sufficient and, in a position to even export the same.”

48.46 lakh COVID-19 cases in India

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday informed that 92,071 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India in the past 24 hours. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case tally to 48.46 lakh.

So far, the biggest single-day surge of 97,570 COVID-19 cases was reported in India on September 12. The second-highest surge of 96,551 COVID-19 cases was recorded on September 11. It is followed by 95,735 cases reported on September 10.

Notably, India has already surpassed Brazil in terms of cases. It is now the second-worst hit nation due to the coronavirus pandemic after the US.

79,722 deaths due to coronavirus

Also, 1,136 COVID-19 related deaths were reported by the ministry during this period. The addition of the fresh fatalities has taken India’s death toll due to the deadly virus to 79,722.

Notably, the daily death count due to COVID-19 has remained above 1,000 for the past many days. However, it dipped below the 900-mark on September 1. Previously, it had crossed the 1,200-mark on September 12.

Similarly, the case count has remained well past the 90,000-mark for the past few days. However, the biggest surge of over 97,570 cases was reported on September 12.


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