NEW DELHI: Niti Aayog member Dr V K Paul on Friday apologised for “misconception” regarding an official graph he had presented earlier that suggested India would have no new Covid-19 case by 16 May. However, he insisted that the government never said the coronavirus cases will be zero by a particular date.
During the health ministry’s daily briefing on April 24, Paul had presented the graph seeking to highlight the benefits of the nationwide lockdown. One of the slides showed the curve of active cases plummeting to zero by May 16.
However, on Friday, he claimed there was no mention of zero word on the graph. “Even I never said the cases would be zero by a particular date,” he added, while responding to a question at the press briefing.
Paul said the graph presented last month was based on mathematical data. While he apologised for the ‘misconception’, he said “we showed you factual information and no claim was made ( regarding the number of cases falling to zero)”.
“It was a mathematical trend line…Neither the graph nor my speech mentioned that the cases will be zero, please let it be clarified. I want to clear this and if there was any misconception, I want to apologise,” Paul said.(THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS)