"We should not fear from increasing Covid-19 cases. The elderly and people with comorbidities need protection. This is the highly vulnerable group, and we need to deploy resources and develop strategies to keep the mortality rate as low as possible in this group," said Kant.
Initially, it was assumed that the country would require thousands of ventilators, but last week, the health ministry said only 0.45 per cent of Covid-19 cases need ventilator support.
Kant insisted the focus should be on five per cent to 10 per cent serious patients. "We are testing more than one lakh daily and our case fatality rate is already one of the lowest in the world. In the absence of a vaccine, people should follow social distancing guidelines," he added
On the significance of the recovery rate, Kant said the increased recovery rate of the Covid-19 patients, which is at 41 per cent, is a bright spot in India's fight against deadly viral infection.
Queried on large scale Covid-19 cases in Mumbai, Delhi and Ahmedabad, Kant said the population density in these regions is very high, which proves to be the just-right environment for the viral infection.
He insisted on developing robust cluster management strategies in the hard-hit coronavirus
spots, and the movement of people should be curtailed in these areas.
"Currently, a lot of people are moving around easily and avoiding social distancing norms. The first phase of the lockdown was very effective, but now things have changed," added Kant.