Health Minister

Today, we have already completed 5.5 lakh tests and after increasing our testing frequency our positive cases are not rising’ said Dr. Harshvardhan.

New Delhi: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Friday said we have saved India from going into Stage 3 or community transmission stage, and have also performed better than many countries on many parameters.

 ‘Testing has been made strong in the country. Today, we have already completed 5.5 lakh tests and after increasing our testing frequency our positive cases are not rising’ said Dr. Harshvardhan.

He said, ‘The positive cases are not rising more than 4 per cent…We were all worried if we are in Stage 3, but we have been able to save the country largely from going into Stage 3’.  He further added that we have all the information connected with clusters and hotspots.’

Talking about the issue of faulty testing kits, he said, ‘We will return the testing kits to their country of origin, and we have not paid money yet. Strategies were made to use these kits in hotspots.

Detailing the country’s progress in the past 3.5 months in tackling COVID-19, Vardhan added: “On January 8, we held our first meeting, and today, in comparison with many other countries, fighting against COVID-19, India has done very well. ‘We have fewer cases per million percentage. We have a mortality of 3 per cent, which is less. Recovery rate of patients, who contracted viral infection, is better than the world. In March, the doubling rate of coronavirus cases was 3 days; today it is close to 9 days, said Union Health Minister.

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