The central government has been able to save many lives due to the lockdown: VK Paul
Amid the ongoing lockdown 4.0 in the country, the central government has said that if the lockdown was not implemented in time, the situation would have been very frightening.
VK Paul, member of NITI Aayog, in a daily press conference of Union Health Ministry on Friday said, "In various independent studies it has been said that if there was no lockdown in the country, then the number of infected could have increased significantly. The central government has been able to save many lives due to the lockdown".
According to VK Paul, the lockdown has averted 14-29 lakh infections, while 37 to 78 thousand people would have died. The Health Ministry said that 3,234 patients have been cured in the last 24 hours. So far 48,534 cases have been cured, which is about 41 percent of the total cases.
"Coronavirus cases have declined sharply since April 3 because of the lockdown. The decision of the lockdown was taken by India in time while other countries delayed the decision and are suffering currently. According to the Boston Consulting Group model, between 1.2 and 2.1 lakh lives were saved due to lockdown. If there was no lockdown, there could have been between 36 and 70 lakh cases in the country," he said.
A study by two independent economists shows that 2.3 million fewer cases resulted in the lockdown and 68,000 lives were saved.
According to the Public Health Foundation of India, 78,000 lives have been saved due to the lockdown.
ICMR doctor Raman R Gangakhedkar said that more than one lakh tests were conducted for the fourth consecutive day on Friday.
As of 1 pm on Friday afternoon, 27,55,714 tests were conducted in the country. Of these, 18,287 tests were conducted in private labs.
"The outbreak of the epidemic remained confined to limited locations. 70 percent of the cases were confined to the cities. 80 percent of the cases of coronavirus are in 5 states. In addition, 90 percent of the total coronavirus cases in the country are confined to 10 states. The death rate of coronavirus in the country has come down from 3.13 percent to 3.02 percent. Now the central government's focus is on getting the compliance standards up," Paul said.
"Testing kits have started being manufactured in the country itself. In the next 6 to 8 weeks, we will be able to make up to 5 lakh kits in our country. The ICMR is working with at least 5 companies and 4 to 6 scientists to develop the vaccine," he added.