No community transmission; Rate of infection not high: Health Ministry

Annu Dewan
File Photo: Health Ministry press conference on coronavirus

File Photo: Health Ministry press conference on coronavirus

The Union Health Ministry on Friday clarified that although cases of COVID-19 in India are increasing, the rate of infection is not high.

Addressing the media, Lav Agrawal, Jt Secy Ministry of Health Ministry, said, “Yesterday we conducted 16002 tests. Only 2% cases tested positive. On the basis of the samples collected, the infection rate is not high.”

Further, he asserted there is no community transmission in the country. Asking people not to panic, he said they should, however, stay alert.

The government has been stressing the need to maintain social distancing and following lockdown rules to break the spread chain of COVID-19 in the country.

According to the Ministry, 146 government labs are testing COVID -19 samples while 67 private labs have been approved to do so.

The Indian Council for Medical Research has updated its testing strategy for COVID-19 that will now cover symptomatic health workers and all patients with Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (SARI).

Apart from this,

– Asymptomatic direct and high-risk contacts of confirmed cases will be tested once between day 5 and day 14 of coming in contact.

– Individuals who have been on international travel in the last 14 days will also be brought under the testing protocol.