When the coronavirus pandemic took hold in India, there were fears it would sink the fragile health system of the world’s second-most populous country. However, infections began to drop down dramatically and now the country is reporting just about 11,000 new cases a day, compared with a peak of nearly 100,000, leaving experts confused.
The World Health Organization praised India for its efforts to contain the contagious covid-19, stating that the number of cases is dropping straight down at high speed.
Experts puzzled by dramatic fall in coronavirus cases in India. Roderico Ofrin, WHO’s India representative said, “Over three months now, cases of Covid-19 in India have been consistently going down. Considering the magnitude of the population it’s something the Government of India should be very, very proud of!”
Experts say herd immunity or pre-existing protection from the virus are among several reasons for sudden drop in cases. Mentioning the efforts of Gujarat in particular, Ofrin stated “Hats off to Gujarat government for taking the review amid pandemic for information and better evidence to tweak their responses, which they have, especially during the second wave that happened.”
Experts have suggested many possible explanations for the sudden drop – seen in almost every region – including that some areas of the country may have reached herd immunity or that Indians may have some pre-existing protection from the virus.