India is between Stage 2 and 3 of coronavirus pandemic with a huge number of cases being found in particular zones, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday agreeing with the AIIMS Director’s comments that restricted network transmission is being seen in certain pockets of the nation.
AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria, who is also a member of a Task Force on COVID-19, on Monday reportedly said that “localized community transmission” has been found in certain pockets and that India is between Stage 2 (local transmission) and Stage 3. He had explained that the majority of India is at present at Stage 2 of the COVID-19 pandemic.
India In-Between Stage 2 and 3 of coronavirus pandemic, Report
Asked about Guleria’s remarks, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Health Lav Agarwal said, “What the AIIMS Director has said is not in variance with what we have been explaining to you.”
Explaining further, Agarwal said that they go for a bunch of control methodology when constrained cases are accounted for from a specific region while the government’s action and intervention get increased when the bigger number of cases are accounted for.
“We tell you every time that if there will be a community transmission we will be the first one to tell you so that everyone gets alert. If we go by the wordings (of AIIMS Director), he said localised community transmission, which implies larger number of cases are being found in a particular area,” the official said.
“We are in between Stage 2 and 3 and that implies that our efforts and actions should be focused on ensuring we do not shift to stage 3,” the joint secretary said, adding there are clear defined strategies for containment in areas reporting larger number of cases and the government was working according to that.
In Stage 2, illness transmission is constrained to those with go history to influenced nations or those in contact with the infected people. Network transmission or Stage 3 methods a patient was contaminated however he had no known contact with another affirmed case of COVID-19 or went from a nation influenced by the pandemic.
Agarwal said there had been 693 new COVID-19 cases and 30 deaths since Sunday. The total number of cases remain at 4,067 with the loss of life at 109.
However, a PTI count dependent on figures revealed by states directly appeared at any rate 126 deaths the nation over, while the affirmed cases arrived at 4,111. Of them, 315 have been relieved and released.