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Rate of growth in Covid-19 cases down 40% since April 1: Health Ministry

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Rate of growth in Covid-19 cases down 40% since April 1: Health Ministry
There is a significant decline of 40% in growth of Covid-19 cases since April 1, compared to a fortnight earlier, the government announced recently.

In addition, the rate of doubling of cases fell from every three days before the national lockdown began to 6.2 days currently.

Social distancing and lockdown are among the major factors held for reduced infection rate.

Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal said at a press conference on Friday, “Before the lockdown, the doubling rate was about 3 days, but according to data in the past seven days, it now stands at 6.2 days. Also, India has registered an average growth factor of 1.2 % since April 1, compared to 2.1 in the two weeks preceding that [March 15 to March 31) which is about a 40% decline in the growth factor,” he said.

He also said the recovery rate (number of people discharged) too had improved, standing now at nearly 13 %.

Providing information about more Indigenous manufacture of RT-PCR he said, “Rapid antibody detection kits’ manufacture, with a capacity of 10 lakh kits a month, will also be started. Five lakh kits are distributed to districts on the basis of high case burden. The present ventilator manufacturing capacity is 6,000 a month. Necessary efforts in areas of diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines are being monitored on a war footing,’’ he said.

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