Tally at 1,18,447, toll 3,583
United News of India
New Delhi, May 22: India on Friday recorded highest single-day spike of about 6,000 cases, even though the government claimed that it had prevented an “exponential rise situation” like in western world.
According to Union Health Ministry, the country reported 148 new fatalities and 6,088 positive cases, taking the number of deaths to 3,583 and total cases to 1,18,447.
The peninsular nation has currently 66,330 active cases, which reveals that the front line medics were successful in saving a total of 48,533 lives so far.
The financial capital — Mumbai — crossed the grim mark of 25,000 cases with 1,382 new infections, as per an update by the city’s governing authority.
Though the figures were alarming, the government yet again focused on the brighter side of the pandemic response.
The government claimed that over two lakh lives were saved due to the timely implementation of nationwide lockdown on March 25.
“According to Boston Consulting Group model, lockdown has saved between 1.2 – 2.1 lakh lives as the number of COVID-19 cases averted was between 36-70 lakh “, Secretary, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation said.
“We are fully confident that lockdown, with full public cooperation, has reaped rich dividends,” the ministry said.
The ministry presented different estimates and models of the case