With an average of 3,536 cases reported in the week ending March 15, India contributed to just 0.21 percent of global cases, the health ministry said.
The global wave of Covid cases due to the Omicron variant led to a peak that was six times the previous waves, but India managed to control its spread, leading to fewer hospitalizations and fewer deaths than previous peaks, the government said Thursday. With an average of 3,536 cases reported in the week ending March 15, India contributed to just 0.21 percent of global cases, the health ministry said.
It pointed out that many countries are still experiencing an increase in the number of cases that is higher than their previous increases. “Not only was the reported peak in India much lower, the constant efforts also quickly led to a downward trajectory. “The country managed the Omicron peak much better than others,” said a health ministry official during a webinar presentation on India’s public health response to contain COVID-19.
An accelerated vaccination campaign, exacerbated by effective containment measures and early case identification, contributed to lower hospitalization rates and fewer deaths during India’s third wave, officials said. They said that by December 31, 2021, when the first signs of the third wave emerged, India had already vaccinated 90.8 percent of the eligible population with the first dose and 65.4 percent with the second dose, which proved crucial. in saving lives.
India has delivered more than 180 crore doses of vaccine, which is 3.2 times that of the US and 12.7 times that of France, officials said, adding crore doses were delivered in less than a year. According to the ministry, 96.74 crore adult beneficiaries have at least the first dose in India is 2.96 times the population of the US and 6.71 times the population of Russia. Also, 81.52 crore is fully vaccinated, which is 3.83 times the population of Brazil and 12.13 times the population of the UK, it said.
“With its focus on early identification, seamless admission and effective implementation of clinical management protocols, India has been able to limit the number of deaths,” an official said during a meeting with NGOs.
NGOs played a vital role in allocating fear in the community, allaying vaccine hesitancy, mobilizing people for vaccinations, testing, admission to the facilities, outreach to the vulnerable population, and most importantly conveying authentic information, it said. he. The ministry emphasized timely vaccination, wearing face masks and adherence to Covid-appropriate behavior remains the new normal. It was also said that continued collaboration with NGOs is crucial to preserve the gains of the long-drawn-out fight against COVID-19.
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