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Covid: India is on the downside of the second wave, the trend may continue even if restrictions are eased, says the government | India News

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NEW DELHI: The Union Health Ministry said on Thursday that India is in the downturn phase of the second wave of Covid-19 and that the trend will continue even as restrictions are significantly relaxed.
At a press conference, the Center said that India has seen a steady decline in new Covid-19 cases for the past 20 days.
“24 states have reported a decline in active Covid-19 cases since last week in India. While testing has increased multiple times, the weekly positivity rate has been steadily declining since the past 3 weeks in India.” said the health ministry.

“It is comforting that we are in the downstream phase of the second wave, and it will continue if the restrictions are systematically opened as the time comes,” he added.
Speaking about mixing Covid-19 vaccines, the Center said that if a second dose of a different vaccine is administered, a significant adverse effect is unlikely to occur, but more scrutiny is needed.
The Center also responded to the NYT report on the Covid-19 toll in India saying it was “completely unfounded, false, not supported by any evidence and based on distorted estimates.”
A New York Times report has suggested that the actual number of Covid victims in India could be roughly double the official count in an optimistic scenario and up to nearly 14 times the numbers recorded in the worst case. That would imply at least 6 lakh of deaths and, in the worst case, 42 lakh of deaths.
Meanwhile, India reported 211,298 new cases of Covid-19 on Thursday. This was higher than almost 2.09 lakh of new cases reported on Wednesday.
The total number of infections in the country has risen to 2,73,69,093. The daily positivity recorded was 9.79 percent, staying below 10 percent for three consecutive days, the Health Ministry said.



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