Lockdown Prevented 37,000 to 78,000 COVID-19 Deaths, Says Harsh Vardhan In Lok Sabha

Union Home Minister also pointed out India’s low ‘cases and deaths per million ratio.’

Sohil Nikam

September 14, 2020

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On day one of the Monsoon Session of Lok Sabha, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan announced that India was able to prevent 37,000 to 78,000 deaths during the four months of lockdown imposed by the Government. He also said that around 14 lakh to 29 lakh COVID-19 cases were prevented by the lockdown, as per the Ministry’s calculations. Harsh Vardhan has said that India’s ‘cases and deaths per million’ ratio of 3,328 and 55 respectively, are among the lowest in the world, compared to similarly affected countries.

The Member of Parliament said about the lockdown, “These four months were utilised to create additional health infrastructure, enhance human resource and produce within India critical elements such as PPEs, N-95 masks and ventilators. A case in point is the increase in dedicated isolation beds 36.3 times and dedicated ICU beds above 24.6 times to what existed in March 2020. Whereas there was no indigenous manufacturing of PPE, with the requisite standards, at that point in time, we are now self-sufficient and, in a position to even export the same.”

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