Covid 19 in India: crucial results tomorrow, says ICMR | India News
In Surat, a 69-year-old man became the first Covid-19 victim in Gujarat. He had no history of foreign travel, but had visited Delhi and Jaipur affected by viruses. The state registered seven new positive cases, three of them older than 60 years. Earlier in the day, a 63-year-old diamond merchant in Mumbai, who had no immediate history of international travel, succumbed to the disease.
Maharashtra is the most affected state with 74 cases and two deaths so far, followed by Kerala (67 cases) and Delhi (30 cases and 1 death). Lav Aggarwal, joint secretary of the health ministry, said states have also been asked to do their own risk assessment and identify areas to be blocked. “This virus is very strong and its transmission rate is very high,” said Aggarwal, emphasizing again that blocking is necessary to break the chain of transmission.
Authorities also indicated that the increase in cases is the result of many Indians returning from affected countries like the United States and the United Kingdom in recent weeks. A 39-year-old Jodhpur resident who traveled by train from Delhi to Jaipur tested positive in Rajasthan, bringing the state’s total to 26. The person had recently traveled to Turkey, from where he returned on March 18.
Punjab reported seven new cases, including four members of Baldev Singh’s family, a Covid-19 positive patient who died on March 18, his two cotravellers in Germany and Italy, and sarpanch from his Pathlawa village in Nawanshahr district. His traveling companion Sant Gurbachan Sigh had also stayed at Anandpur Sahib during the Holla Mohalla celebrations. He and the third traveling companion Daljinder Singh moved freely among the people.
“In 80% of cases, the disease is mild. Some don’t even know they have it. In 20% of cases, Covid-19 causes fever and cough and about 5% requires hospitalization, ”said ICMR Director-General Dr. Balram Bhargava.
He added that supportive treatment remains the mainstay of care for seriously ill patients. “Some drug combinations have been tried, but there is no magic pill for their cure. Deaths are still occurring in Italy, the United States and the United Kingdom, where health infrastructure is much better, “said DG ICMR. The Center has asked all states to identify hospitals for the acute treatment of those with Covid -19.
“The 800-bed National Cancer Institute in Jhajjar, Haryana is going to be one of those centers,” said Aggarwal, deputy secretary of the health ministry. On the availability of fans, the officer said 1,200 of these machines have been ordered.
In good news, a four-and-a-half-year-old girl, suspected to be the first positive case in Assam, turned negative after testing at the Regional Viral Research and Diagnostic Laboratory in Dibrugarh.