Despite recording the second highest number of covid-19 infections in the world, India has in the recent weeks recorded a sharp decrease in the number of new cases and deaths from the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the government, this week has seen the lowest new daily infections in the last eight months with deaths falling below 100, the least recorded in a day since May.
India recorded its first coronavirus infection on January 30th 2020 with its first death around March. So serious were the numbers that the daily cases rose to over 97,000 in September while deaths averaged 1,000 per day during the same month.
Later on, deaths declined and just 94 fatalities were reported as at 2nd January 2021 out of the 8635 new infections.
Amongst the top 20 worst-affected nations in the world, India has one of the lowest death ratios.
However, experts believe that the number of the covid-19 cases in the country are much higher than the official figure that has been announced by the government. Their data is backed by a number of surveys that have been measuring the virus’ antibodies.
Some are of the views that majority have developed herd immunity after contacting the virus.
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“My understanding is that there are enough people in India who have been exposed to the virus. And that’s possibly why the numbers are going down. But in the absence of real numbers, it’s really hard to say.” virologist Shahid Jameel told AFP.
On his side, Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, the regional director of The World Health Organization applauded India for their coronavirus control measures such as social distancing, hygiene and encouraging wearing of masks which have all proved effective.
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