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India Not In Community Transmission, Says ICMR Chief Balram Bhargava

On Wednesday, ICMR chief Balram Bhargava said, “India is such a large country and prevalence is very low. India is not in community transmission.” 

 

New Delhi| Refuting the claims of community transmission the head of Indian Council of Medical Research said that the country is not yet in the third stage of the pandemic. Concerns of community transmission emerged after several states reported a sharp spike in number of infections as Unlock 1 was rolled out across India.

Community transmission is the third stage of Coronavirus Pandemic where the source of infection in the person cannot be traced. On Tuesday, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain had said that Delhi is in Community Transmission stage. He said source of 50% cases in Delhi cannot be traced. However, he said it can only be declared when Centre announces it. The Modi Govt, however denied the claims.

On Wednesday, ICMR chief Balram Bhargava said, “India is such a large country and prevalence is very low. India is not in community transmission.”

He added, “We found that about 0.73% of the population in these 15 districts showed a prevalence of past exposure to infection. It means that lockdown measures were successful  on ser serosurvey.”

On the rising number of Coronavirus cases after the lifting of lockdown curbs, he said the states cannot lower their guards.” The States cannot lower their guard and need to keep on implementing effective surveillance and containment strategies preventing the spread of COVID19,” he said.

 

 

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