Netizens Rejoice as COVID-19 Doubling Rate Slows in India, Several States Become 'Corona-Free'

© REUTERS / DANISH SIDDIQUIA resident waits to receive free food by government, during a nationwide lockdown to slow the spreading of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a school in New Delhi, India, April 14, 2020.
A resident waits to receive free food by government, during a nationwide lockdown to slow the spreading of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a school in New Delhi, India, April 14, 2020. - Sputnik International
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New Delhi (Sputnik): COVID-19 began spreading in India towards the end of January. At the time, ways to contain the virus outbreak in a country as vast and as densely populated as India seemed tough, but a nationwide lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 25 March has shown results.

India's health ministry on Monday revealed that the rate of doubling of coronavirus cases in the country had slowed to 7.5 days from the pre-lockdown rate of 3.4 days.

​In addition, Goa and Manipur also broke good news; the states announced that all the COVID-19-positive patients in their areas have recovered, making the states “Corona-free”. 

​The spirits of locked-down Indians seemed boosted on Twitter after a long time of being locked down in the homes as netizens are rapidly sharing the news on social media platforms, heaving a sigh of relief.

Currently, the total number of positive COVID-19 cases in India stands at 17,265, the federal ministry of health has noted. In a bid to prevent the further spread, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended  the nation-wide lockdown – that was initially slated to end on 14 April – until 3 May.

Since free movement of people is restricted, states like Kerala and Odisha have reported the doubling rate of coronavirus at over 30 days.

Certain southern Indian cities like Mahe and Kodaggu have also not reported any new cases for the last 28 days.

Nevertheless, from ventilators to personal protection equipment, the country is collectively contributing in ensuring the availability of all facilities. 

On Monday, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind also extended a special appreciation for police and army officials for maintaining discipline in the country at this time of unrest. 

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