Lancet Critical Of Indian Govt's 'Too Positive Spin' On COVID-19 Situation

Clay Curtis
September 28, 2020

Also, Maharashtra, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi and Chhattisgarh account for 83 per cent of the 1,089 deaths due to COVID-19 registered in a day.

"But in a respite, the seven-day average of new cases declined for nine days till September 26, " the Times of India reported, citing data from European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

There are 9,60,969 active cases in the country which comprise 16.28 percent of the total caseload, the data showed.

According to the Johns Hopkins University Globally, COVID-19 has infected more than 32.9 million people and killed nearly 1 million people. "The country has responded well in many regards, especially for such a large and diverse nation", it said.

In a positive development related to coronavirus spread in India, the total recoveries in the country crossed 50-lakh mark on Monday (September 28) as per the Ministry of health and family welfare.

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India's Health Ministry has previously cited the low death toll as evidence of its success in fighting the pandemic and a basis for relaxing restrictions and reopening the economy after Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered a strict lockdown of the entire population earlier this year. Kerala recorded fresh highs in new cases for five days running.

The Health Ministry has bristled at past allegations of an undercount in fatalities, but it refused to comment two weeks ago on whether states were reporting all suspected and confirmed virus deaths.

Among the states, Maharashtra continues to be the worst-affected in India with over 12 lakh coronavirus cases and almost 35,000 deaths. West Bengal replaced Andhra Pradesh in the list of country's top five states with highest deaths.

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan meanwhile cautioned Indians against complacency, adding that India was still far away from achieving herd immunity.

Even as the number of coronavirus cases in Assam continue to increase, there has been a 50 per cent fall in the number of cases of Japanese Encephalitis - a potentially fatal mosquito-borne disease that can cause inflammation of the brain and leave the patient in a coma or with paralysis. Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh reported more than 8,000 and 7,000 cases respectively, the ministry said. In total, 3,848 gram panchayats will go to polls in the state in four phases ending October 10.

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