Learn to live with Covid, says health ministry as count crosses 56,000


As the Covid-19 cases see a major spike in India, the health ministry on Friday said that people have to learn how to live with the virus. “Two days ago, our doubling rate was 12. Then, a day ago, we suddenly saw an increase in the number of cases… It is important that today when we are talking about relaxation, when we are talking about return of migrant workers, we have a great challenge and we need to understand that we have to learn to live with the virus,” said Lav Agarwal, joint secretary, Union Health Ministry, while addressing the media. He also emphasised that the preventive guidelines must be implemented as “behavioural changes”. As per the health ministry statistics, the states added over 3,000 coronavirus cases for second straight day, taking the India’s corona count to 56,342. As many as 3,390 people tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hours. The number of deaths due the pandemic rose to 1,886. There were 37,916 active coronavirus patients in India, according to the health ministry.

The doubling rate worsened as India had witnessed a spike of new corona cases this week. Thankfully, the recovery rate was improved to 29.26%, as more than 16,000 people were cured from the disease. “If we follow dos and don’ts, we may not reach peak in number of Covid-19 cases and our curve may remain flat,” said Agarwal as he reminded that not a single Covid case was detected in the 216 districts of India. In 42 districts, no new cases were detected in the last 28 days. In 29 districts no new cases were confirmed in the last 21 days. In 36 districts no new cases were found in the last 14 days, and in 46 districts no new cases were registered in the last seven days, according to health ministry data.

Meanwhile, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said that there are 5,980 Covid-19 cases in the capital right now. The total number of patients that have recovered in the state now stands at 1,931. Among those undergoing treatment, 87 people are in ICU and 13 are on ventilator, said Jain. “People from Tablighi Jamaat are being released on orders, foreigners related to Jamaat will be handled by the Ministry of External Affairs,” he said. A Covid-19 care centre will start in the next 2-3 days, he added. The Health Minister also said that the Delhi government has ordered all test reports to be given within 24 hours, otherwise the labs cannot conduct testing.