Coronavirus India: India still in the local transmission stage of Covid-19; rate of increase in cases slower than some developed countries: Ministry of Health | India News
Speaking at the daily press conference on the measures taken, preparation and updates on COVID-19, the joint secretary of the Ministry of Health, Lav Agarwal, said that since Sunday 92 new cases and four deaths from coronavirus have been reported. , bringing the total number of cases to 1,071. and the number of deaths to 29.
“It took 12 days for cases to increase from 100 to 1,000 in our country, while seven other developed nations that have a smaller population than us have seen a multiple increase,” he said.
Agarwal attributed the slow rate of rise in cases in India to people’s participation in strictly following the patterns of social distancing and collective preventive actions taken by the Center in conjunction with state governments.
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Underlining the importance of social distancing, he said that even a person’s carelessness can lead to the spread of this pandemic.
He, however, said that instead of panic, awareness of COVID-19 needs to be raised.
“Technically, Covid-19 is still in the local broadcast stage in the country as there has been no community broadcast so far,” he said, adding: “If there will be a community broadcast, we will want to broadcast it to the community through you ( means) to increase the level of alertness and management of Covid-19 at the field level. ”
Speaking at the same press conference, Raman R Gangakhedkar, Chief of Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases of the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR), said that to date 38,442 tests have been performed, of which 3,501 were performed on Sunday.
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He said 47 private laboratories have received approval to perform COVID-19 tests and in the past three days, 1,334 tests have been performed in private laboratories, he said.
“We are still using less than 30 percent of our testing capacity,” he reiterated.