India between Stage 2 and 3 of Covid-19 pandemic: Health ministry
NEW DELHI: India is between Stage 2 and 3 of coronavirus pandemic with large number of cases being found in particular areas, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday concurring with the AIIMS Director's remarks that localised community transmission is being observed in some pockets of the country.
AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria, who is also a member of a Task Force on COVID-19, on Monday reportedly said that "localised community transmission" has been seen in some pockets and that India is between Stage 2 (local transmission) and Stage 3.
He had clarified that the most of India is currently at Stage 2 of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Asked about Guleria's remarks, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Health Lav Agarwal said, "What the AIIMS Director has said is not in variance with what we have been explaining to you."
Explaining further, Agarwal said that they go for a cluster containment strategy when limited cases are reported from a particular area while the go nment's action and intervention get intensified when larger number of cases are reported.
"We tell you every time that if there will be a community transmission we will be the first one to tell you so that everyone gets alert. If we go by the wordings (of AIIMS Director), he said localised community transmission, which implies larger number of cases are being found in a particular area," the official said.
"We are in between Stage 2 and 3 and that implies that our efforts and actions should be focused on ensuring we do not shift to stage 3," the joint secretary said, adding there are clear defined strategies for containment in areas reporting larger number of cases and the go nment was working according to that.
In Stage 2, disease transmission is limited to those with travel history to affected countries or those in contact with the infected persons.
Community transmission or Stage 3 means a patient was infected though he had no known contact with another confirmed case of Covid-19 or travelled from a country affected by the pandemic.
Agarwal said there had been 693 new Covid-19 cases and 30 deaths since Sunday. The total number of cases stand at 4,067 with the death toll at 109.
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Mokkapati Prabhakara Rao
Why delay in banning Tablighi Jamaat ?.Close all their operations and lock bank accounts.
Banning is not the solution. Educating every community members through religious head is need of an hour.
We are the reason for Local Transmission....... Stay home stay safe.
Stop wasting resources on tracing & treating Jamaatis - focus on Indians who really need help
Tablighi's should be jailed for messing up the whole nation,they are the super super spreaders in India,otherwise Indian people should have been in better situation
India has been in Stage 3 for a while. I am surprised how Indian authorities are trying to dust this reality under the carpet.
Saudi Arabia announces death for those running away from quarantine or spiting on roads, but, in our country tablighis getting away after creating problem under quarantine and spiting there and on doctors too. How long shall country tolerate this nuisance.
Saudi Arabia ramains one of the countries with barbaric laws and customs. Let's not match with them.
Punishment for any crime should be harsh to deter people from committing it.
LOCK OUT MUST BE COUPLED WITH TOUGH PUNISHMENT TO VIOLATORERS ESPECILLY TABLIC TERRORISTS.. OTHERWISE NO DOUGHT WE MAY ENTER Stg4
then disasterous results country may face unheard of ..EXTEND LOCK DOWN..ONLY WEAPON WE R HAVING..
Time to declare the Tablighi Jamaat a terrorist organization and prosecute every member. Seal/attach all their assets too and use for Corona relief.
please extend lockdown indefinitely
Govt not taking action on time to ban international flights is the biggest reason for this mess. Adding fuel to the fire is done by TJ.
Please take complete body sanitization in sunshine with exercise for 2 hours dailt.
already in stage 3
Duevto Lockdown, per day India loss is USD 8 Billion i.e. approximately Rs.60,000 Crores. We can look at most possible starvation deaths which will be horrendous as no jobs no salaries no money. Coronavirus deaths r bound to take place more and more as days passes by. India is bit lucky that Coronavirus got quite delayed by one and half month. I feel, shutdown and lockdown is unnecessary.
Denying and delaying the truth will not eradicate COVID-19. Localised community transmission is in fact community transmission. I think the officials are just creating new terms to deny reaching the Stage 3. What we come to understand is India has reached stage 3 at many so called Hotspots.
Whole of India is trying to fight a battle with COVID but there are few brain washed people who are not cooperating
Kashmiris lived under curfew for months together. Now Indians will get a taste of what life is like under curfew.
Hope this will not go for community transmission. Very dangerous situation, India doesn't have those many testing kits, still medicine is not there and people are also not co-operating the govt. Very disastrous situation.
93 people out of a million are tested in india and people talk about community transmission. if we do not test more people around those infected then we are doomed. my wild guess is there are already 1 lakh infected people in India.
Govt. must take very stern action against violators of law at this crucial moment.