“India has flattened its Covid-19 graph. India has successfully contained the pandemic,” the health minister said.
On Thursday, the country reported less than 12,000 cases in the last 24 hours and the active caseload reduced to 1.73 lakh. The immunisation programme, which was kicked off on January 16, has so far covered 2.4 million people with an aim to vaccinate 300 million people by July-August.
Since the beginning of January, less than 20,000 cases are being reported every day. The figures are substantially lower than the 95,000+ cases that were being reported in mid-September. Two days ago, the country registered a little over 9,000 cases on January 26.
No positive cases in last 14 days in one-fifth of the country
In one-fifth of the country, ie 146 districts out of the 718, have reported no positive cases in the last 14 days.
“A total of 146 districts across the country have no new cases for the last seven days, 18 for the last 14 days, six for 21 days and 21 districts have not reported fresh cases of the coronavirus infection in the last 28 days,” Vardhan said.
There are over 100 districts in the country where the cumulative total of cases is less than 1,000.
With a consistent rise in cumulative recoveries, India’s Covid-19 recovery rate has reached nearly 97% which is one of the highest globally, the Union health ministry said on Thursday.
With 14,301 patients being discharged in a span of 24 hours, the total Covid-19 recoveries have surged to 1,03,73,606.
India’s total number of active cases has dropped to 1,73,740 and now consists of just 1.62% of the total cases.
Vardhan informed that a meagre 0.46% of the 1.73 lakh active Covid-19 cases is on ventilators, 2.20% is in the ICU and 3.02% is on oxygen support.
Some studies have suggested pockets of India have attained herd immunity through natural infection.
Thyrocare Technologies Ltd, one of India’s top-three diagnostic chains, told Reuters antibody tests it had done on more than 700,000 people showed that 55% of the country’s population may have already been infected. The World Health Organization says at least 60% to 70% of the population needs to have immunity to break the chain of transmission.