‘We Can Beat The Virus If We Can Do Simple Public Health Solutions’: WHO Praises India Amid Drop In COVID Cases

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday that India has shown great progress in significantly driving down the number of COVID-19 cases

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday that India has shown great progress in significantly driving down the number of COVID-19 cases.

“This shows us that if we can do these simple public health solutions, we can beat the virus…With vaccines being added, we would even expect more and better outcomes,” the WHO chief said.

The center told the Lok Sabha yesterday that the country is seeing a sustainable decrease in the number of cases reported daily since the reported peak in mid-September 2020.

“Since the reported peak in mid-September 2020, India is witnessing a sustained decline in the number of cases reported daily. However, the resurgence of COVID-19 cases has been reported from a number of countries in Europe and the Americas, therefore continuous monitoring of the evolving situation is being undertaken at all level, to pick up on the earliest signs of resurgence and issue necessary existing SOPs/Advisories accordingly,” Minister of State for Health Ashwini Choubey said in a written reply.

India’s COVID-19 count crosses 1.08 crore

According to the Union Health Ministry data On Friday, India’s COVID-19 count crossed 1.08 crore with 12,408 more people testing positive for the infection in a span of 24 hours, while the recoveries surged to 1,04,96,308.

The total number of coronavirus cases climbed to 1,08,02,591, while the death toll increased to 1,54,823 with 120 daily new fatalities.

Till February 3, 41,38,918 people have been vaccinated, said the minister India rolled out its much-anticipated COVID-19 vaccination drive across the country on January 16.

The third phase of the vaccination drive in which people above 50 years of age will be inoculated is likely to start from March.

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