UNION Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Friday said we have saved India from going into Stage 3 or community transmission stage, and have also fared better than many countries, in the fight against the novel coronavirus, on various parameters.
“Testing has been made strong in the country. Today, we have already completed 5.5 lakh tests and after increasing our testing frequency our positive cases are not rising.” “The positive cases are not rising more than 4 per cent... We were all worried if we are in Stage 3, but we have been able to save the country largely from going into Stage 3,” Harsh Vardhan said, adding “we have all the information connected with clusters and hotspots.”
Responding to the issue of faulty testing kits, Vardhan who was interacting with State
Health Ministers and Health Secretaries of all States & UTs to review COVID-19 situation, said during the video conference: “We will return the testing kits to their country of origin, and we have not paid money yet. Strategies were made to use these kits in hotspots.
“Faulty antibody testing kits will be returned irrespective of the country they were procured from, including China,” added Vardhan.
Detailing the country’s progress in the past 3.5 months in tackling COVID-19, Vardhan added: “On January 8, we held our first meeting, and today, in comparison with many other countries, fighting against COVID-19, India has done very well.”
“We have a mortality of 3 percent, which is less. Recovery rate of patients is better than the world.”