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Never Said COVID-19 Cases Will Be Zero By May 16: NITI Aayog Member

Cases climbed to 1,18,447 in India in accordance with Health Ministry (Representational)

New Delhi:

The authorities by no means stated the coronavirus instances can be zero by a specific date, NITI Aayog member VK Paul stated on Friday and apologised for any false impression on the matter.

Responding to a query on the Health Ministry press briefing, Mr Paul stated the graph introduced beforehand by him was based mostly on mathematical knowledge and there was “no mention of zero word on the graph”.

“Even I never said the cases would be zero by a particular date,” he advised reporters.

“We showed you factual information and no claim was made. I apologise for the misconception and it was not what was meant to be conveyed,” he added.

In April, Mr Paul made a presentation at a Health Ministry briefing by which he defined how the lockdown helped curtail the unfold of the virus. In one of many slides, the curve confirmed energetic instances plummeting to zero by May 16.

On Friday, Mr Paul stated lockdown was a particular effort but it surely can’t go on for limitless time.

“Normalcy must return and there is also the question of the livelihoods of people. Lockdown cannot go on forever. It was meant for a purpose and it achieved the purpose to a very large extent. Now it is very important that we exhibit our behaviour in a manner that creates difficulties for the virus,” he stated.

The loss of life depend as a result of COVID-19 rose to three,583 and the instances climbed to 1,18,447 in India, in accordance with the Health Ministry.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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