Lockdown saved as many as 71,000 lives, claims ministry
Govt touts mathematical models to say that stringent curbs have averted 1.4-2.9 mn cases
MoSPI, working with the Statistical Institute, found that the lockdown averted 2.3 mn cases
The lockdown may have saved 37,000-71,000 lives and helped contain coronavirus infections to around 100,000 compared to an estimated 1.4-2.9 million covid-19 cases, without a lockdown, the government claimed on Friday, citing various mathematical models commissioned by the ministry of statistics and programme implementation (MoSPI). The assessment covered the period between 25 March and 15 May.