India's COVID-19 cases top 1.45 lakh, fatality rate lowest in world
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India's COVID-19 cases top 1.45 lakh, fatality rate lowest in world

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New Delhi, May 26 : India continued to register more than 6,000 novel coronavirus cases for the fifth consecutive day on Tuesday, taking the count to 1,45,380, mainly fuelled by migrants influx and enhance testing while fatality rate remained lowest in the world at 2.87 per cent with 4,167 deaths. Addressing presser, Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal, said, 'India reported 0.3 per cent deaths per lakh population and the main reason for lowest fatality rate is lockdown in the country and how India prepared for it.' However, ICMR DG Dr Balram Bhargava said that it was still unclear why the fatality rate was low.

He said there are several hypotheses to this. In past 24 hours, India recorded 6,535 fresh cases while 146 more patients lost their battle against the pandemic. As many as 2,770 more patients recovered, taking the total recovery to 60,490 in numbers and 41.61 in percentage. The active cases now stand at 80,722. A day after World Health Organisation announced that it will be temporarily suspending the hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) arm of its "solidarity trial" post a study estimating higher mortality rate among patients who were given the medicine, the ICMR said it will continue using the HCQ medicine as prophylaxis for the contagion.

Lockdown saga While the Health Ministry asserted that the lowest mortality rate was a result of lockdown imposed since March 24, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said aim and purpose of the restrictions have not been achieved. Claiming that the lockdown strategy has failed, the Gandhi scion said India was the only country in the world to have relaxed the restrictions when the virus was still “exponentially rising”. “It's pretty clear that the aim & purpose of our lockdown has failed. What India is facing now is the result of a failed lockdown. What we, in the Congress party and a lot of others, want to understand is what is the government’s view going forward”, he said, adding that the country has been facing a very serious unemployment problem for a while.

Responding to Mr Gandhi's claims, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said while the whole world has praises for India when it comes to the prevention of Coronavirus, but Mr Gandhi was still playing politics of hypocrisy. "Congress made a huge noise when the lockdown was imposed stating that it will impact the economy.

Now that we are providing relaxations, it is opposing that as well. The Congress is playing politics of hypocrisy at this hour," said Mr Javadekar. Meanwhile, the WHO said countries could still face an “immediate second peak” if they let up too soon on measures to halt the outbreak. MORE (UNI)

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