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No community transmission proof of Covid-19 yet: Centre

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New Delhi: The Centre has said there is no proof of community transmission so far in India even as the number of Covid-19 cases rose to 606 with 10 reported deaths. The observation is based on an Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) study of 2,000 samples collected randomly. "There is no proof of community transmission as of today (Wednesday)," joint secretary (health) Lav Agarwal told reporters. There are four stages of Covid-19.

Stage-1is imported cases where those who travelled to other countries have contracted the infection. Stage-2 is local transmission in which people coming in immediate contact of an infected person report infection. Stage-3 is called 'community transmission' when a person who has no travel history has contracted through domestic sources. Stage-4 is when a disease is declared an epidemic. The government has consistently denied that India has reached stage-3.

The government, however, sounded a note of caution as the number of Covid-19 cases rose to 606 on Wednesday. When asked to explain the trend of Covid-19 cases, Agarwal said, “We are seeing an increasing trend. Our action has always been pre-emptive. Seeing this trend, our action is also increasing. Hopefully, we will be able to arrest this trend with lockdown”. A group of ministers (GoM) under health minister Harsh Vardhan met on Wednesday to discuss preparedness. The GoM discussed creating dedicated Covid-19 hospitals, equipping the medical institutes with personal protective equipment (PPE), ventilators and other essential equipment.

The GoM was also informed that Gujarat, Assam, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Goa, Karnataka, MP and Jammu and Kashmir are setting up hospitals dedicated for the management of Covid-19. The Centre said there is no shortage of PPEs or N-95 masks. “PPEs and N-95 masks have imported components. With Covid-19 outbreak this supply chain has been disrupted. We have been aware of this problem. We have started analysing the sellers in the country and we are handholding them so that we can get the required standard of PPEs and masks made and sourced here,” Agarwal said.
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