‘India has handled covid better than many developed nations’
With ramped up testing we are able to track the infections early, which is why we have low death rate and high recovery rate
The rapid spread of coronavirus and the mounting fatalities has spurred research worldwide to contain the deadly disease. India, which has breached the one million mark in cases and 25,000 in deaths, is also investing heavily in covid-19 research and exploring ways of using science and technology to fight the contagion. Ashutosh Sharma, secretary at ministry of science and technology, spoke about the covid-19 pandemic, the government’s multipronged approach to deal with the health crisis, mathematical models, the role of science and technology in the government’s ambitious “Atmanirbhar Bharat" or self-reliant India campaign, and the way forward. Edited excerpts from an interview:
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