The government today hailed the country’s rate of recovery from the coronavirus disease (COVID). The rate now stands at 78.28%. The government said it was one of the highest in the world, citing data from the Johns Hopkins University’s coronavirus disease tracker.
Indian Council of Medical Research’s (ICMR) Director-General Balram Bhargava credited the “very effective” lockdown for the surging number of recoveries in the country. Bhargava said that India had learnt from the experience of countries that suffered high fatalities from the viral disease. the ICMR D-G said the country was able to “distribute the curve” of the infection as well as avoid the “huge peak” those countries had in terms of deaths.
As of 15 September, 3,859,399 people had recovered from COVID. The country’s recovery tally now exceeds the active cases by 2,869,338.
Bhargava said, observing the COVID situation in European countries and then acting accordingly, “Fortunately, we took learnings from that in India and we were able to, what we call, ‘distribute the curve’. We distributed the curve in such a way that we did not have those large number of deaths and that was attributable scientifically because of a very effective lockdown that was imposed in late March, April and May. So, we did not really have a huge peak from that perspective.”
The ICMR D-G said that the chances of reinfection were “very, very rare” but it may happen as it did in Hong Kong. However, he dismissed the matter as not a very serious concern.
During today’s briefing, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said there were 14 states and union territories in the country where the number of active COVID-19 cases was less than 5,000. He added that the number of infections per million population in India (3,573) was amongst the lowest in the world. The global average is 3,704. Deaths per million population at 58 is amongst the lowest in the world too, as the global average is 118.