Took right decision at right time to fight Covid: Modi


Indian prime minister Modi Monday said that the right decisions taken at the right time had led the country to be in a better position as compared to other countries to fight the coronavirus.

India is the third worst-hit country in the global COVID-19 pandemic, but the government has been highlighting low death rate as proof of its success. The country Monday recorded a new highest single-day spike of 49,931 cases in 24 hours with the total COVID-19 tally reaching 14,35,453 cases, of which 9,17,568 have been cured.

India has become the second largest personal protective equipment (PPE) kits manufacturer in the last four months, Modi said Monday while inaugurating remotely three testing labs for the novel coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and West Bengal.

Modi inaugurated Covid-19 testing labs in Noida, Mumbai and Kolkata on Monday through video conferencing.

“Crores of people are fighting the Covid-19 pandemic. Today we launched three high tech testing labs, which will help West Bengal, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh,” he said.

Modi said that with the launch of these three throughput testing labs, India would test 10,000 more samples every day.

Hailing the decisions of his government to combat the spread of the Covid-19, Modi said, “It is because India took right decisions at the right time that it is in a better position as compared to other countries.”

“The fatalities in India due to Covid-19 is less as compared to other countries and the recovery rate is much higher and it is improving day by day,” Modi said.

The recovery rate in India was 63.92 percent, as of Monday.

Modi said that the number of people getting cured from Covid-19 is almost 1 million.

He said India now has more than 11,000 Covid-19 facilities and more than 1.1 million COVID-19 beds.

“In January we had only one center in India for COVID-19 testing and now we have 1,300 labs across the country. More than 500,000 tests are being done every day. And in the coming days we are trying to get 10 lakh [1 million] tests,” he said.

Pointing to the production of PPE (personal protective equipment) kits and face masks, Modi said, “what India has done is a big success story”.

“Now India is the second biggest manufacturer of PPE kits. Six months ago not a single PPE manufacturing unit was there and now today we have more than 1,200 manufacturers who are producing more than 500,000 kits,” Modi said.

He also said that earlier India was dependent on other countries for ventilators and had now “developed the system” for manufacturing of 300,000 ventilators in India.

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