AjeyoLAST UPDATED: Oct. 18, 2020, 2:30 p.m.
New Delhi: As the number of active coronavirus cases continues its downward trend in India, experts still recommend taking as many precautions as possible with the festival season ahead.
Most of the experts around the world have suggested an upward escalation in the cases of coronavirus as the winter's approaches. In India it was previously seen a drastic increase of coronavirus patients, experiencing a million cases in a day, creating a record for the highest number of coronavirus patients in the world.
On average, about eighty-five thousand people contracted the infection daily in the starting week of September but later in the third week of the month itself, an increment in the recovery happened which is continuing to date (October 18, 2020).
“Enhanced countrywide medical infrastructure, implementation of the standard treatment protocols, and total dedication and commitment of doctors, paramedics and frontline workers have led to a persistent increase in the number of total recoveries with a dip in the fatality rate. India continues to record high recoveries and one of the lowest fatality rates globally,” the Ministry of Health stated.
The fatality rate in India is still lower as compared to the average fatality rate in the world. The fatality rate in India stands at 1.52% against the global average of 2.8%.
According to Dr. Lalit Kant, former head of the department of epidemiology and infectious diseases at the Indian Council of Medical Research, the cases in India may rise again if people do more interaction in the upcoming festival season, neglecting the protocols set up for them by the Ministry of Home Affairs at the central level. He also states another reason for the increase in coronavirus in the near future. He said that the virus has traveled to rural areas where there is no or less treatment of coronavirus and less or zero testings.
''The number of cases is likely to go up again if people increase their interactions during the festival season and do not follow the preventive measures. Although the decline that we are seeing is good news, the fear is that the infection has now traveled to smaller cities and villages where there are inadequate testing and treatment facilities, meaning many of the cases and deaths that happen there might not be reported. The current declining trend that we are seeing is the decline in the number of cases in the bigger cities,'' he was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.