NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) officials on Saturday said there are 47 districts from 23 states where not even a single case of coronavirus was reported in the last 14 days. The ministry added that 22 new districts from 12 states had joined this flattening curve which could bear witness to the success of India’s coronavirus suppression efforts.
While briefing the media on Saturday, Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary at the MoHFW, said “I had already mentioned that in the last 28 days, there have been no fresh cases in Mahe in Pondicherry and also in Kodagu in Karnataka. These were the districts which had reported cases of COVID-19. In the last 14 days, no new cases have been reported from at least 45 districts across 23 states. Aside from the districts, 22 districts in 12 states have also not reported any positive case in the last 14 days.”
“Mortality rate in our country is around 3.3 per cent. An age-wise analysis will tell you that 14.4 per cent death has been reported in the age group of 0-45 years. Between 45-60 years it is 10.3 per cent, between 60-75 years it is 33.1 per cent and for 75 years and above it is 42.2 per cent,” added Agarwal.
The COVID-19-free districts include Lakhisarai, Gopalganj and Bhagalpur in Bihar, Udaipur and Dholpur in Rajasthan, Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir, Thoubal in Manipur, Lohit in Arunachal Pradesh, Chitradurga in Karnataka, Hoshiarpur in Punjab, Rohtak and Charkhi Dadri in Haryana, Bargarh and Puri in Odisha, Karimaganj, Golaghat, Kamrup Rural, Nalbari and South Salmara in Assam, Jalpaiguri and Kalimpong in West Bengal, Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.
It seems a nationwide lockdown extension may have been tough on many, but it has aided its purpose of controlling the spread of coronavirus. If people follow the rules such as maintaining the social distance and stay at home, India can successfully beat this pandemic.
With no vaccines invented yet, quarantine and social distancing is the only solution to contain the coronavirus pandemic. Over a lakh-and-half people across the world have been killed by the virus while almost 2.3 million are infected. Even in India, the death toll is nearing the 500-mark with approximately 15,000 infections reported.