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Five Lakh Recoveries, Delhi, Dharavi – How These Things Narrate India’s Corona Story

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In our previous article, we have explained how it is wrong to depict India as “worst-affected” Covid-19 nation. Now India crossed one more figure which assures that India is firmly on the road to recovery. The cumulative total number of recovered cases among COVID-19 patients has crossed the 5-lakh mark today.

5,15,385 COVID-19 patients have so far been cured and discharged.  The recovered cases outnumber the COVID-19 active cases by 2,31,978. With this progressively widening gap, the recovery rate has further improved to 62.78%.

On a daily basis, you might have often come across news items that warn you about thousands of cases getting added. While there is no denying that fact, the figures that news cycle don’t focus on is that of the recoveries. As on July 11, 2020, in a 24-hour timeframe, as many as 19,870 COVID-19 patients had been cured and discharged.

All these have happened not because of sheer luck. The effective implementation of containment zones, surveillance activities, timely diagnosis and effective clinical management of COVID-19 cases have contributed for this.

Recent policy changes like allowing all registered medical practitioners to recommend testing for COVID and the introduction of Rapid Antigen point of care testing along with RT-PCR has substantially bolstered the COVID-19 tests in the country. The samples tested so far has crossed 1 crore mark (1,13,07,002). The number of public and private labs under ICMR’s diagnostic network stands at 1,180.

Constant Review from The Centre

The Centre from the beginning has been actively monitoring and assisting the states and local bodies to fight the pandemic. As we see in the instance of Delhi, when the state government failed to properly manage the situation, the Centre chipped in and managed the situation for better.

On July 11, 2020 Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a high-level review meeting on the status of the coronavirus pandemic situation in India.

It is also reported that PM appreciated the concerted efforts of the Centre, State & local authorities in containing the pandemic in Delhi. He further directed that similar approach should be adopted with other State Governments in containing COVID-19 in the entire NCR area.

Dharavi Story

The World Health Organisation (WHO) praised Dharavi for effectively containing the spread of the virus. Through this, India has illustrated that with an effective management strategy and implementation, the virus spread can be contained in even the most-densely populated areas.

Dharavi’s accomplishment in containing the virus is an example of coordination between Centre, State, local administration, private healthcare, and most importantly, community involvement.

While 47,500 people were covered by doctors and private clinics in house-to-house screening, about 14,970 people were screened with the help of Mobile Vans, and 4,76,775 were surveyed by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) health workers. Fever clinics were set up for screening high risk category such as elderly/senior citizens. This helped to screen 3.6 lakh people. Also, around 8,200 Senior Citizens were surveyed and as part of its policy of ‘Timely Separation’, they were separated from the other community to effectively limit the transmission of the disease. In all, 5,48,270 people have been screened in Dharavi. The suspected cases were shifted to well organized COVID Care Centres and Quarantine Centres.  As a result of these measures, doubling rate in Dharavi has gone beyond 78 days, which is more than twice the doubling of Mumbai.

Voulenteers from Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh and many other organisations have helped in screening people.

Thus, with many successful models and timely care of the infected people, India has strongly pursued the road of recovery manifold as compared to the spread of the virus.