One in every three persons diseased with COVID-19 has recovered from the disease and Indians will now have to learn to live with the virus, a senior health ministry official said on Friday.
Addressing a press conference, joint secretary in the health ministry Lav Agarwal said there has been a reduction in the doubling time of Covid-19 cases in the country from 12 days till two days ago to 10 now because of the spike in cases at some places, even as he asserted that the peak of the disease can be avoided if the prescribed dos and don'ts are followed. “As we talk of relaxations to the lockdown and of migrant workers returning back to their respective homes, there is a big challenge in front of us that we also have to learn to live with the virus,” he said.
“And when we are talking about learning to live with the virus then it is very important that the guidelines that are there on saving oneself from the virus are adopted in the community as a behavioural change,” Agarwal said.
Though some states like Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh have seen a rise in cases during the last few days, it is the need to strengthen containment efforts to stop the rise, along with proper adherence to measures such as physical distancing at field level.
Since we have no going back, we need to learn to live with coronavirus around.