Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on March 30th, 2020, said that COVID-19 in India is still in local transmission stage and that there has been no community transmission so far.
However, the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) document released by the ministry today said this SOP is applicable to the “current phase of Covid-19 pandemic in India – local transmission and limited transmission.”
But Luv Aggarwal, the joint secretary of the health ministry, briefing the media at the release of the COVID-19 SOP insisted not to give that much of importance to semantics.
“It is now like any government doc that has the word “community” and you guys will pounce on it. I would like to reiterate that we are still in local transmission, if we enter community transmission we will the first ones to tell you,” Aggarwal said.
India has reported 1,071 cases and 29 deaths due to the Sars-Cov-2 virus, which causes the deadly infection, to date.
There are four main stages of the disease outbreak. Stage I is usually when cases are imported and are not of local origin. Stage II is when there is a local transmission, which means a section of people testing positive has come in contact with a positive patient having a travel history. Stage III is community transmission. Stage IV is an epidemic when there several clusters of the infection.
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