Must learn to live with Corona: Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary of Health Ministry  

New Delhi: – The number of deaths in the country has reached near 2,000, and the total number of cases is almost 60,000. Against this background, Dr Randeep Guleria, Director at the AIIMS, said on Thursday that because of the increasing trend in the spread of Coronavirus, the pandemic would peak in June. Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary of Health Ministry, clarified while speaking on the subject that this situation can be avoided if everyone meticulously followed the instructions of the lockdown. At the same time, he also gave a message that the pandemic will not vanish all of a sudden and people will have to make changes in their lifestyles and learn to live with the threat, within the framework of the instructions.  

The health ministry informed that the number of Coronavirus cases in the country increased by 3,390 between Thursday and Friday morning and reached 56,342. But as this does not include the number of cases reported on Friday, the actual number of cases has apparently crossed 59,000. Maharashtra reported more than 1,000 cases for the third successive day. 37 deaths were reported from the state on Friday, and there was an addition of 1,089 new cases. The total number of cases in the state has crossed 19,000. 24 patients died in Gujarat, and 390 new cases were reported. The number of cases is seen to be rising rapidly in the urban parts of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Madhya Pradesh.   

Against this background, Agarwal informed that the time taken for doubling the number of cases has reduced from 12 to 10 days. Agarwal also said that the rate of doubling the cases has also been found to be reduced in certain parts of the country. He reacted to the fear expressed that the pandemic could peak in June. Agarwal said ‘If everyone is cautious and follows all the instructions, such a situation will not arise. The graph of the number of cases will remain flat. But if we err in this, the scenario is possible.’ He also pointed out that it is not possible that the spread and cases will reduce rapidly. Agarwal gave the message, ‘Therefore, we have to learn to live with the virus. But when we say that we must live with the virus, it goes without saying that following the instructions and being cautious must be a part of our lifestyle for our personal safety.’ Agarwal said that cooperation from one and all is required in this matter.  

Meanwhile, 25 deaths were reported from Mumbai on Friday, and 748 new cases were added. This takes the total number of deaths in Mumbai to 462, and the total number of cases has reached 12,000. In view of the increasing spread in Mumbai and Thane, the APMC market in Mumbai will remain completely closed for one whole week. The stress on the police has increased because of the increasing spread of the pandemic and enforcement of the lockdown. Therefore, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackrey said that the state government has requested the Union government to send additional forces. The Chief Minister clarified that there would be no military deployment in the state. The Chief Minister also clarified that the extension of the lockdown would depend on how the citizens follow the instructions issued for the lockdown. 

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