14-29 lakh COVID-19 instances, 37-78ok deaths prevented by lockdown, Lok Sabha instructed


New Delhi, September 15

The authorities prevented 14-29 lakh coronavirus instances and 37,000-78,000 deaths because of the illness by imposing the nationwide lockdown that was introduced on March 24, the Lok Sabha was knowledgeable on Tuesday.

Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai mentioned the World Health Organisation (WHO) has noticed, with regard to the lockdown measures taken by the federal government, that India’s response to COVID-19 has been pre-emptive, pro-active and graded with excessive–degree political dedication and a “whole government” strategy to answer the pandemic.

Rai mentioned by imposing the countrywide lockdown, India efficiently blunted the aggressive unfold of COVID-19.

“It has been estimated that the decision of lockdown, by slowing down the progress of pandemic in India, has prevented 14-29 lakh cases and 37,000-78,000 deaths,” he mentioned in reply to a written query.

The minister mentioned the interval of lockdown helped the nation to create the a lot required extra well being infrastructure. During this time, devoted isolation beds recorded a 22 instances enhance and devoted ICU beds expanded by 14 instances compared to the numbers in March 2020.

Similarly, he mentioned, laboratory capability for testing COVID-19 was elevated by practically 10 instances throughout the lockdown.

While there was no indigenous manufacturing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) with the requisite requirements on the time when the lockdown was imposed, the nation is now self-sufficient and ready to export the identical, he mentioned.

Rai mentioned equally, very restricted indigenous manufacturing capability was obtainable for masks, ventilators, and so forth., on the time of lockdown, which was additionally enhanced to realize self-reliance on this regard.

During this era, requirement of varied cadres of personnel and volunteers throughout sectors and departments for COVID-related works and upkeep of different important medical companies had been labored out they usually had been skilled by means of sources made obtainable on the web site of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) and iGOT, a web-based platform (https://igot.gov.in/igot/), he mentioned. — PTI



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