Tribune News Service
New Delhi, January 30
The Economic Survey has noted that India’s COVID-19 management plan prevented the spread of 37 lakh cases and saved more than 1 lakh lives.
Using a range of evidences the Survey said that Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Bihar restricted the virus spread the best; Kerala, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh saved the most lives; Maharashtra under-performed the most in restricting the spread of cases and in saving lives.
“The analysis shows that early and more stringent lockdowns have been effective in controlling the spread of the pandemic – both across countries and across states,” said the Survey hailing India’s COVID-19 combat strategy.
“India recognised that while GDP growth will recover from the temporary shock caused by the pandemic, human lives that are lost cannot be brought back. The response drew on epidemiological and economic research, especially those pertaining to the Spanish Flu, which highlighted that an early, intense lockdown provided a win-win strategy to save lives,” said the Survey.