India currently stands at 3rd position in the world in covid-19 cases after the US and the Brazail at 1st and 2nd respectively.
Covid-19 cases in India crossed the 2 million mark on Thursday
Dr Jugal Kishore, professor and head, department of community medicine, Safdarjung Hospital said, “It is not even 1 % of the population therefore country like India where population is more than 1.3 billion it is expected to have high number”
“If we do more test might be more cases are going to be added. what’s important that mortality should be avoided and early detection can do this work by effective management,” he said.
India recorded its first covid-19 case on 30 January and therefore the disease burden started growing. The country’s covid count reached 1 million on July 16 which further doubled to 2 million in three weeks.
“The spread of the virus in rural districts is ominous. Till June, the virus was predominantly within the urban areas with broken health systems. With the pandemic getting to smaller cities and towns, without modern healthcare facilities, things is grim,” said Amir Ullah Khan, Senior Research Fellow a Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies (RGICS), a policy think factory .
“It won’t be surprising if we surpass the US numbera by the year end. we’d like the state to act now, spend money generously on testing and putting into place location specific lockdowns,” he said.
Public health experts have said that given India’s population size, there’ll be sizable amount of positive case and preventive measures are the sole option for now till a vaccine is out there .
.”The virus will continue its march till we get a secure and effective vaccine. the sole precautions presently available are use of mask , keeping safe distance, washing hands, respiratory etiquettes. These are all connected with changing behaviour of community. this is often tough and takes time,” said Lalit Kant, a scientist and former head of epidemiology and communicable diseases at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
“We have a tried and tested strategy of testing, isolating, tracing and testing. we’d like to only keep it up thereupon . In States where sizable amount of infections are reported, it’s essential that testing is ramped up,” he said adding that in a number of the more populous states equitable access to healthcare is a problem which can delay early medical attention. it’s great that India has been to stay its deathrate low. This give confidence,” he said.
Meanwhile, the entire recoveries of covid-19 patients have jumped to 13,28,336 with 46,121 patients being discharged within the last 24 hours taking the recovery rate to 67.62% . With such consistent increase in recoveries, the gap between recovered patients and active covid-19 cases has reached 7,32,835, the union health ministry said.
“The actual workload of the country is that the active cases (5,95,501) which is 30.31% of the entire positive cases. they’re under medical supervision either in hospitals or in home isolation. The Case deathrate stands at 2.07%,” said the health ministry adding that the active cases as a percentage of total cases have seen a big drop from 34.17% on 24th July 2020 to 30.31% as on today