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COVID-19 Outbreak: As The Country Enters Week 2 Of Lockdown, Centre Says Restrictions Have Helped Limiting Transmission In Community

While the country has seen a sharp rise in COVID19 cases with 240 new cases being reported in 24 hours, health experts believe that India is in stage two of transmission, where the virus infects people directly in contact with affected patients who returned from abroad

COVID-19 OUTBREAK: As The Country Enters Week 2 Of Lockdown, Centre Says Restrictions Have Helped Limiting Transmission In Community

New Delhi: With the nationwide lockdown completing seven days, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has claimed that the move has fetched positive results and has prevented the country from entering ‘community transmission’ stage. In India, the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases and casualties are increasing with each passing day. As per healthy ministry data, as on March 31, there have been 1,397 confirmed cases including 124 recoveries and 35 fatalities. Amid the coronavirus scare in India, the central government announced a complete lockdown in the whole country with an aim to prevent the coronavirus from spreading in the community. According to Luv Agarwal of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR),

Lockdown has proved to positive but if the guidelines and advisories are not followed by the people and authorities then we can fail in this battle. We need to remain 100 per cent alert on the latest guidelines and follow those. Even a tiny gap in following the instructions can send all our efforts down the drain. In the lockdown stage we saw that it took us about a week between 100 cases and 1,000 cases. In other countries, 3,000 -5,000 cases have been found. We have received some positive results due to social distancing. Currently, nowhere are we calling it community transmission. We are still in the local transmission stage.

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According to Manisha Verma, Chief Media official at MoHFW, the ministry is trying its best to address all angles in order to contain the spread of the novel virus. She said,

Detailed advisories and guidelines are being issued regularly and the ministry is doing everything in its power to tackle the outbreak. People should not panic as the government has taken proactive and timely steps.

In a status report filed by MoHFW in the Supreme Court today (March 31), the details of the steps taken by the government to deal with the coronavirus have been enumerated. This document, available on MoHFW’s website say that the government has issued an order to purchase 40,000 ventilators to meet the contingencies and the testing capacity has also been enhanced substantially from a single lab in January 2020 at Pune to total of 118 labs. It said the Centre has also already coordinated with 47 private laboratory chains, which have more than 20,000 collection centres in the country which will be able to collect the sample for Coronavirus.

Dr. Surya Kant, Professor and Head of Department of Respiratory Medicine, King George’s Medical University (KGMU) Lucknow asserted that while India has taken a slew of vital measures to remain in the stage 2 or the local transmission stage till now, the sharp rise in the new cases give us the reason to dread the stage 3 which is the community transmission stage. He added,

While we see a rise in the number of cases, the ray of hope comes from the increasing number of recovered cases in the last few days. We need to keep testing symptomatic people and isolate them.

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Four Stages Of COVID-19 Transmission

According to medical experts, the first stage is when cases are imported from affected countries and only those who travelled abroad test positive. The government says India is still on Stage 2, which means that there is local transmission from infected persons. For example, relatives or acquaintances of those who travelled abroad. In local transmission, less people are affected and thus contact tracing is easier. The Stage 3 or community transmission is when a patient not exposed to any infected person or one who has not travelled to any of the affected countries tests positive. At this stage, people detected positive are unable to identify where they got the virus from. The Stage 4 is the most dreaded stage where transmission gets completely out of control and the disease has no clear end.

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World

22,90,75,864Cases
19,16,26,474Active
3,27,49,574Recovered
46,99,816Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 22,90,75,864 and 46,99,816 have died; 19,16,26,474 are active cases and 3,27,49,574 have recovered as on September 21, 2021 at 3:56 am.

India

3,35,04,534 26,115Cases
3,09,5758,606Active
3,27,49,574 34,469Recovered
4,45,385 252Deaths
In India, there are 3,35,04,534 confirmed cases including 4,45,385 deaths. The number of active cases is 3,09,575 and 3,27,49,574 have recovered as on September 21, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,24,498 2,583

45,229 1,281

63,40,723 3,836

1,38,546 28

Kerala

45,24,158 15,692

1,67,578 6,623

43,32,897 22,223

23,683 92

Karnataka

29,68,543 677

14,386 1,025

29,16,530 1,678

37,627 24

Tamil Nadu

26,47,041 1,661

16,984 15

25,94,697 1,623

35,360 23

Andhra Pradesh

20,39,529 839

14,388 311

20,11,063 1,142

14,078 8

Uttar Pradesh

17,09,680 11

194 4

16,86,599 15

22,887

West Bengal

15,62,173 524

7,810 96

15,35,699 608

18,664 12

Delhi

14,38,517 20

379 8

14,13,053 28

25,085

Odisha

10,20,754 510

4,947 96

10,07,666 600

8,141 6

Chhattisgarh

10,05,094 38

297 7

9,91,234 43

13,563 2

Rajasthan

9,54,263 9

91 10

9,45,218 19

8,954

Gujarat

8,25,737 14

133 3

8,15,522 17

10,082

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,402 8

96 0

7,81,789 8

10,517

Haryana

7,70,746 13

340 6

7,60,598 7

9,808

Bihar

7,25,901 7

69 1

7,16,173 8

9,659

Telangana

6,63,662 208

4,991 14

6,54,765 220

3,906 2

Punjab

6,01,323 59

307 10

5,84,517 38

16,499 31

Assam

5,98,423 455

4,984 72

5,87,632 517

5,807 10

Jharkhand

3,48,125 9

55 1

3,42,937 10

5,133

Uttarakhand

3,43,393 11

267 6

3,35,736 17

7,390

Jammu And Kashmir

3,28,069 128

1,461 32

3,22,191 159

4,417 1

Himachal Pradesh

2,17,140 234

1,616 54

2,11,871 177

3,653 3

Goa

1,75,583 85

810 36

1,71,478 48

3,295 1

Puducherry

1,25,517 54

867 56

1,22,818 109

1,832 1

Manipur

1,18,673 178

2,183 6

1,14,658 183

1,832 1

Tripura

83,905 51

346 10

82,750 40

809 1

Mizoram

81,460 1,731

15,140 1,008

66,057 721

263 2

Meghalaya

79,667 174

1,896 5

76,391 168

1,380 1

Chandigarh

65,188 7

41 4

64,329 3

818

Arunachal Pradesh

54,126 56

410 12

53,444 67

272 1

Sikkim

30,971 16

654 59

29,937 74

380 1

Nagaland

30,907 43

467 17

29,786 59

654 1

Ladakh

20,737 7

138 4

20,392 3

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,670

0 1

10,666 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,359 3

8 3

10,300

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,600

13 0

7,458

129

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