States show grit in combating corona; push limits to contain outbreak
New Delhi: As the world is grappling with the tragedy unleashed by the coronavirus pandemic — which forced millions into isolation — it is not all dark and the need for positivity becomes even more critical. The negative should not become the new normal, as every cloud has a silver lining.
In display of the indomitable spirit, doctors, nurses, medical professionals, policemen, administrative officials and others associated with essential services involved in the fight against this deadly virus, which has led to thousands of deaths across the globe, have shown true grit in fighting an everyday battle to contain the pandemic.
The Union Health Ministry on Friday had said before lockdown the COVID-19 case doubling rate was 3 days. In the last 7 days, data shows that it is 6.2 days now and in 19 States and Union Territories, COVID-19 case doubling rate is less than the country’s average.
Goa is likely to become India’s first COVID-19-free State, if no new cases emerge. From April 4 to April 18, no new cases have been detected in the State. Out of 7 cases so far, 6 have recovered and were discharged.
Maharashtra, which reported the bulk of coronavirus cases, is fighting the hardest battle to contain the coronavirus outbreak, finally experiencing a slowdown in the rate of doubling of COVID-19 cases. Earlier, the doubling rate was two days, which slowed down to three and a half days. According to latest information, it is five and a half days.
Currently, the State has 3,651 positive cases, 365 people were cured and 211 succumbed to the deadly virus. As many as 1,400 people from the State, who attended the religious congregation at Delhi’s Nizamuddin Markaz, have been traced and only 50 have tested positive for COVID-19.
Kerala Government is doing a commendable job, in fact leading from the front, in flattening the Covid-19 curve. Out of 400 cases, 257 have been cured and discharged, and three deaths were reported. Observers across the globe have praised the Kerala health system as one of the best to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
For example, in Kerala’s Kasargod district, out of 168 COVID-19 cases, 113 have already been cured. In a bid to break the chain of transmission, Kerala Government monitored the home-quarantined people using geo-spatial tracking, and through the ‘break the chain’ campaign, promoted social distancing followed by aggressive testing. As a result, the State has the highest recovery rate from all States.
The North-East of the country is also not behind in waging a war to contain the pandemic: there is no fresh case in 7 of 8 North-East states in the past 24 hours. Sikkim is the clear winner, with zero positive cases so far.
This should not be a surprise, as it is also one of the cleanest States in the country by following extremely good standards of sanitation, where people have adopted excellent hygiene practices coupled with less population density.
Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram only had one case followed by Tripura with only 2 cases. Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, in a tweet on Friday, said that from Golaghat Civil Hospital, four patients, including two women, were discharged for 14-day home-quarantine, taking such a number of people to nine.
Assam is also doing an excellent job in fighting the coronavirus. Out of 35 cases, 12 have recovered and most of the remaining are in a mild condition. Only one death has been recorded so far. Ninetyone per cent cases in Assam are connected with Tablighi Jamaat event.
Two more coronavirus positive cases were reported in Meghalaya, taking the number of such cases in the northeastern region (excluding Sikkim) to 48. With the latest two positive cases, the total number of active cases in Meghalaya rose to eight after one death.