India’s COVID-19 will be ‘under control’ by Diwali: Dr. Harsh Vardhan

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Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan expressed his hopes about India’s COVID-19 situation claiming that the virus will be bought under control by Diwali – the annual festival of lights celebrated with great vigor in India.

The health minister expressed on Sunday that India is giving its every bit to ward off the virus and is ahead of target in testing for the virus having conducting 1 million tests every day.

“The Covid-19 will significantly come under control by the Deepavali this year,” Dr. Vardhan said in a statement addressing the launch of ‘Nation First’ webinar series, organized by the Anathkumar Foundation, The Hindusthan Times newspaper reports.

“The leaders and common people effectively worked together to fight the pandemic. He inaugurated Nation first webinar series organized by Ananth Kumar Foundation,” the press release said.

Dr. Vardhan also said Indian health officials already met before the first case of COVID-19 surfaced in the nation of 1.3 billion. The Prime Minister of India formed a committee preceding the meeting, lead by Dr. Vardhan himself, which has met 22 times so far until yesterday.

He also noted, like earlier, there is no scarcity of PPE kits, ventilators, and other needful gears to battle the pandemic in India.

Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases in India has surpassed 3.6 million, after recording more than 70k virus cases a few days in a row, with Sunday’s count breaking the world record of the most number of confirmed COVID-19 cases anywhere in the world.

As of Monday, 78,512 new novel coronavirus infections were recorded in the world’s largest democracy, slightly lesser than the Sunday’s record-breaking numbers.

India’s COVID-19 caseload for each passing day has been chart-breaking since August 7th, at times surpassing the counts of even Brazil and the US – two nations that have more cases of COVID-19 than India.

Irrespective of the growth rate, the Narendra Modi-led Central has been pushing to reopen the state under its eponymous ‘Unlock 4.0’ plans.

The government of India is also currently under pressure from allowing state-controlled exams like JEE and NEET and university finals at the time of the pandemic.

India’s cumulative caseload is however soon catching up with the US and Brazil at 3.6 million cases, while Brazil has 3.8 million and the US with 5. million cases, Johns Hopkins data shows.

It must be noted, while number of cases is skyrocketing in India, the fatality rate is still lesser as compared to the US and Brazil. In the past 24-hours, 971 deaths took India’s fatality count to 64,469 according to the health ministry.