The study conducted by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at Washington University in the US suggests there is an opportunity to further limit the Covid-19 toll in India. It highlights the critical need for people to comply with face mask use, social distancing, and other guidelines for the prevention of Covid-19, as recommended by public health authorities.
The researchers in the IHME study noted that India ‘s response to Covid-19 has yielded some significant successes that highlight the opportunity in the country to limit the toll of the pandemic. Taking the example of some urban areas, including Delhi, they explained that containment measures that include intensive contact tracing, widespread testing, mask-wearing and social distancing mandates have helped to reduce the spread of the virus.
On the other hand, if lockdown restrictions continue to ease up and face mask use remains at current levels, according to the study, India can expect around 492,380 total deaths by December 1. In this scenario, the researchers said that by that time, 13 states would each have over 10,000 total Covid-19 deaths, while at present only Maharashtra has crossed that threshold.