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Published On: Mon, Mar 30th, 2020

India not yet facing COVID-19 community transmission due to lockdown: Govt

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New Delhi: People who showed coronavirus symptoms being taken to various hospitals from Nizamuddin area in New Delhi, Monday, March 30, 2020. The police took around 200 such people to the hospital as they participated in a religious congregation at a mosque, few days back. (PTI Photo/Ravi Choudhary) (PTI30-03-2020_000229B)

 (PTI Photo/Ravi Choudhary) 

NEW DELHI :  India entered the sixth day of the lockdown, as more than 1150 positive Covid-19 cases across the nation were confirmed. As per the latest update. The number of COVID-19 positive cases climbed to 1173, as more than a hundred fresh cases were reported on Sunday, with 29 deaths reported so far.
Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state with 215 cases. As many as 25 fresh cases of Coronavirus have been reported in the national capital on Monday taking the total positive cases to 97, Delhi Health Department said.
This significant increase in Covid-19 fresh cases in Delhi comes after 200 people from Nizamuddin area were taken to hospital as they showed symptoms of the virus after taking part in a religious gathering a few days ago.
Delhi Police on Monday cordoned off a major area in Nizamuddin. Police officials informed that the gathering of around 200 people was organised without permission from authorities.
At least 85 possible Covid-19 cases were admitted at Lok Nayak Hospital, Delhi on the intervening night of Sunday and Monday, informed the hospital officials. “As of now, the hospital has registered a total of 106 people possibly infected with Covid-19,” the hospital officials told ANI.
Meanwhile, Union Health Ministry on Monday (March 30) clarified that the country is still in the local transmission stage, fit reaches the community transmission stage, the Ministry will admit it but the country is not there yet while responding to question on the outbreak of coronavirus COVID19 pandemic.
Addressing a press conference, Luv Aggarwal, Joint Secretary of Health Ministry, said that as of now, 3.34 lakh PPEs are available in various hospitals across the country, adding “About 60,000 PPE kits already procured and supplied by the government.” Notably, the Indian Red Cross Society has arranged 10,000 PPEs from China are being distributed.
It has been clearly stated by the Ministry of Health that if even one per cent of people in the country did not follow the lockdown, then the 99 per cent effort will go in vain. Aggarwal said that there are 92 new cases of COVID-19 and four deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours, taking total cases to 1071 while the number of deaths reached 29 in India.
“He, however, added that the statistics after the lockdown indicate that we are in the right direction. It took 12 days from the 100th to the 1000th case to come up, whereas in the developed countries the figures increased rapidly. We have got positive results to some extent.
According to him, the ministry of development of Northeastern Region has also given its nod to run exclusive cargo flights to supply medical equipment and emergency goods in that part of the country.

On a viral video showing disinfectant being sprayed on migrant workers, Aggarwal said that Bareilly District Magistrate has clarified that some employees took an overzealous step due to ignorance, adding “Required action has been taken against those employees.”

According to R Gangakhedkar, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said that 38,442 tests have been conducted till now out of which 3,501 were done on Sunday, adding “it means we are still at less than 30 per cent of our testing capacity. In the last 3 days, 1,334 tests have been done in private labs.”
(With Agency Inputs ).




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