'Need to learn to live with the virus and develop preventive measures as behavioral changes': Health Ministry
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: With the number of coronavirus cases in the country increasing to over 56,342 on Friday, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare today said that people will have to learn to live with the coronavirus and develop the preventive guidelines as behavioral changes as this is a difficult battle and the government needs everyone’s cooperation.
Addressing the press briefing on coronavirus updates, Joint Secretary at the Health Ministry, Lav Agarwal, as quoted by news agency ANI, said, “Today, when we are talking of relaxations and return of migrant workers, we have to understand that we also have to learn to live with the virus. The preventive guidelines against the virus need to be implemented as behavioral changes”.
The response from the Health Ministry came after a sudden spurt in the number positive cases in the past few days when the tally crossed the 3,000-mark each day. "A total of 3,390 new cases and 103 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours till 8 a.m. on Friday," Agarwal said.
Responding to a query over AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria's recent comment that COVID-19 cases will peak in India in June-July, Agarwal said, that the country may not achieve the peak in COVID-19 cases if people follow all the required do's and don'ts to keep the virus at bay.
"If we will follow required do's and don'ts, we may not achieve the peak in COVID-19 cases. There is always a possibility to witness spike in cases if we do not take the required precautions and follow processes," he said.
According to the Health Ministry, 16,540 COVID-19 patients, which is about 29.36 per cent of the total cases, have recovered so far, while in the past 24 hours, 1,273 people have been cured. The total number of confirmed cases in India is 56,342. Out of this, 37,916 are active cases while 1,886 people have succumbed to the dreaded virus so far.
The health ministry official also informed that as many as 216 districts in the country have not reported any COVID-19 cases till now, 42 districts have not registered any infections in the last 28 days and 29 districts have not recorded any case in the last 21 days.
"In 216 districts, no positive case has been detected. In 42 districts. no new case has been detected in the last 28 days, while 29 districts have not reported any case in the last 21 days, adding that 3.2 per cent of the total active cases are on oxygen support, 4.2 per cent in ICUs and 1.1 per cent on ventilator support”.
(With Agencies Inputs)
Posted By: Talib Khan