New Delhi, May 30 (EFE).- Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday said India was fighting the pandemic challenge with its equally large “victory-resolve” as it reported the lowest daily rise in new coronavirus cases in 46 days.
The federal health ministry data showed 165,553 people tested positive in the previous 24 hours, which is the lowest daily surge in more than six weeks.
The country has recorded less than 200,000 daily new cases for three days in a row.
Modi said India had used all its might to fight the devastating second wave that saw a peak of more than 400,000 daily infections for five days in a row early this month.
“However big the challenge be, India’s victory-resolve has always been equal in magnitude. Her collective strength and our spirit of service has always rescued the country from the midst of every storm,” the prime minister said in his monthly radio address.
He recalled how the country struggled with perilously low levels of medical oxygen at the peak of the second wave.
“When the second wave came, the demand for oxygen surged all of a sudden. It was a very big challenge. Delivering medical oxygen to remote parts of the country was indeed a huge task,” he said.
India used to produce 900 metric tonnes of liquid medical oxygen in a day in normal circumstances.
The production expanded more than ten times than the normal output, and plants across the nation were now producing around 9500 metric tonnes per day, the prime minister noted.
“Our warriors are transporting this oxygen to far-flung corners of the country.”
He said the country fought the first wave courageously.
“This time too India will be victorious in the ongoing fight against the virus… There should be no letup in our efforts. This indeed is the path to our victory.”
As the second wave appears to be ebbing, India’s overall tally of infections nears the grim milestone of 28 million, the second-highest after the United States (34 million).
The overall fatalities rose by 3,460, taking the total deaths due to the virus to 325,972, the federal health ministry data showed.
The ministry said the active caseload in the country has further decreased to 2.1 million after a net decline of more than 114,216 in the last 24 hours.
Active cases are now nearly 8 percent of the country’s overall tally of infections.
The government said more than 2 million people got tested for the virus over the last.
The test positivity rate remained less than 10 percent for the sixth day in a row, which, a month ago, was nearly 21 percent.
It is still way above the threshold set by the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare the pandemic under control.
The UN health agency considers the virus outbreak under control if the test positivity rate is below 5 percent.