In last 7 days 146 districts had no cases

New Delhi, Jan 28: India has flattened its COVID-19 graph and 146 districts have reported no new case of the viral disease in the last seven days, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Thursday.

This has been achieved due to pro-active testing with more than 19.5 crore COVID-19 tests conducted in the country so far, Vardhan, who chaired the 23rd meeting of the high-level Group of Ministers on COVID-19 through a video-conference, said.

The current testing capacity is 12 lakh tests per day, the minister added. Of the over 700 districts in the country, around 20 per cent have not reported any COVID-19 case in the last one week.

“With the ‘Whole of Government’ and ‘Whole-of-society’ approach envisaged by Prime Minister Narendra Modiji, India has successfully contained the pandemic. Less than 12,000 cases were reported in the last 24 hours and the active caseload has reduced to just 1.73 lakh,” he said.

Vardhan said a meagre 0.46 per cent of the 1.73 lakh active COVID-19 cases is on ventilators, 2.20 per cent is in the ICU and 3.02 per cent is on oxygen support. He said 165 cases of a new UK variant of the virus have so far been reported in the country and the patients are kept under supervised quarantine and surveillance. – PTI