New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In what could be a huge relief, the Ministry of Health and Family Affairs on Monday said that over 1,000 people were cured from the novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours and discharged from hospitals.

Addressing its daily press conference, the Health Ministry said that the recovery rate in India is over 27 per cent. He also also said that the COVID-19 curve is relatively flat as of now and it was not right to talk in terms of when the peak would come.  

"Till now, 11,706 people have been cured. In the last 24 hours, 1074 people have been cured.This is the highest number in terms of cured patients noted till date. Our recovery rate is now 27.52 per cent. Total number of COVID19 cases is now 42,533," Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agrawal said, as quoted by news agency ANI.

Speaking about the Centre's decision to allow migrants to move to their native villages, the Health Ministry said that they have advised that people must stay wherever they are during lockdown but in special cases allowed trains will function to ferry them to their towns.

"Based on the request given from states for particular cases, permission was given to run special trains. Be it government of India or the Railways, we have not talked about charging from workers. 85 per cent of the transportation cost is borne by the Railways, while states have to bear 15 per cent of the cost," he told reporters.

Agarwal also spoke of the ease of ristrictions during the third phase of the lockdown and said that the norms of 'social distancing' must be followed to flatten the curve of the dreadful coronavirus.

"In pandemics such as COVID19, historically it has been noted that if social distancing is not respected when social mobility is allowed, chances of disease transmission increase rapidly once restrictions are eased," Agarwal said.   

Meanwhile, Amitabh Kant, Chairman of the Empowered Group dealing with civil society, NGOs, industries and international partners, said in 112 aspirational districts, “we worked with the collectors and in these 112 districts only 610 cases have been reported which is two per cent of the national level infection”.

In these 112 districts, 22 per cent of India's population resides, he said.

In a few districts like Baramulla, Nuh Rachi, Kupwara and Jaisalmer more than 30 cases have been reported, while in the rest of the places very few cases are there, Kant said. 

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