The government on Friday said the outbreak of the novel coronavirus and deaths due to it have remained confined to limited areas, most of which are urban, due to the implementation of the lockdown.
It further said the number of COVID-19 cases would have risen exponentially had the lockdown not been in place, adding that the doubling time of cases now stands at 13.3 days as against 3.4 days before the lockdown.
“Despite being such a large nation, due to lockdown, the outbreak of the infection has remained confined to limited areas,” chairman of Empowered Group One and Niti Aayog member VK Paul said at a briefing.
The Reserve Bank of India, however, said the impact of the coronavirus on the economy has been much more severe than what was expected.
On Friday Mumbai recorded its highest one-day increase in the number of COVID-19 patients at 1,751, said the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). City’s total number of cases now stands at 27,068.
On Friday, India’s tally of confirmed coronavirus cases rose by a single-day record of over 6,000 to cross 1.22 lakh.
Globally, nearly 52 lakh people have tested positive for the deadly virus ever since its emergence in China last December and 3.3 lakh have lost their lives.
Meanwhile, in a bid to prevent a second coronavirus outbreak, the Boris Johnson government announced on Friday that travellers arriving in Britain will face 14 days in quarantine from next month.
From June 8, the new rule will be applicable on all international arrivals except Ireland.