Lockdown ensured growth of cases remained linear, says govt.
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12 districts free of new cases for 28 days; total number of cases is now 21, 700
- The country reported over 1,409 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of cases to 21,700 with 16,689 active ones.
- There have been over 4,324 recoveries, which takes the recovery rate to 19.89 %, the Health Ministry said.
- There are 12 districts that did not have a fresh case in the last 28 days. Since April 21, eight new districts have been added including — Chitradurga (Karnataka), Bilaspur (Chhattisgarh), Imphal West (Manipur), Aizawl West (Mizoram), Bhadradri Kothagudem (Telangana), Pilibhit (Uttar Pradesh), SBS Nagar (Punjab) and South Goa (Goa).
- State Health Departments have put the nationwide death toll at 718 with 23,034 cases of which 17, 428 are active ones.
- Maharashtra has 5,304 active cases, with Mumbai reporting 478 new cases and eight deaths on Thursday taking the death toll to 168 and 4,232 cases.
- The growth of cases has been more or less linear, not exponential; this indicates that the strategies we have adopted have succeeded in containing the infection to a particular level.
- One crucial weapon we employed during the 30-day lockdown period is RT-PCR testing which has been scaled up.
- India has been able to cut transmission, minimise spread and increase the doubling time of COVID-19.
- India currently has 19,4026 isolation beds for severe and critical cases, 24,644 ICU beds in 3773 facilities and 1,66,960 isolation beds in care centre with 12,371 ventilators.