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    Without steps, corona cases seen at 8.2 lakh by April 15: Govt (Ld)

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    New Delhi, April 11 (IANS) Stressing the role of lockdown and other containment steps in limiting coronavirus infection, the Union Health Ministry said on Saturday, without these crucial steps Covid-19 cases could have spiralled to 8.2 lakh by April 15.

    Without these steps, Covid-19 cases could have registered a 41 per cent cumulative increase to 8.2 lakh cases by April 15. With containment measures and no lockdown, it could have gone up to 1.2 lakh till April 15, said Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry, citing a statistical model to capture the projected cases.
    The official figures have come on a day Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with chief ministers and where it seems a consensus has emerged among states to extend the lockdown after April 14.
    Agarwal, addressing a daily briefing on the coronavirus situation of the country, said the country has taken early pre-emptive action to identify COVID-19 hotspots, and effectively rolled out lockdown and containment measures.

    Detailing the statistical model involved, Agarwal added that projected cases deduced through a statistical mo