New Delhi: At a time when the coronavirus cases in the country have crossed 2.8 lakh-mark, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday said that the country is not in Community Transmission phase and the recovery rate is 49.21%. Also Read - 'China Caused Great Damage to US': Trump Sharpens Attack on Beijing Again Over COVID-19

Addressing a press conference, Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal said that the recovery rate in the country is 49.21%. he said the number of patients recovered at present exceeds the number of active patients in the country. Also Read - International Flights: SpiceJet to Operate 19 More Flights to Evacuate Stranded Indians From UAE, Saudi, Oman Under Vande Bharat Mission

On the other hand, the ICMR said that over 0.73 per cent of population in 83 districts where sero-survey was conducted had evidence of past exposure to coronavirus infection.

“We found that about 0.73% of the population in these 15 districts showed a prevalence of past exposure to infection. It means that lockdown measures were successful in keeping it low and preventing rapid spread,” Balram Bhargava, DG, ICMR, said in the press meet.

“There is a heightened debate on community transmission. WHO has not given definition on it. India is such a large country and the prevalence is so low. The prevalence is less than one per cent in small districts. It is slightly higher in the urban areas. In the containment areas, it may be slightly higher. But, we are definite that India is not in community transmission,” Bhargava said at the daily press briefing.

However, the ICMR said they have to continue with the strategy of testing, tracing, tracking and quarantine. The ICMR chief stressed on to continue with the containment measures, saying “we have found success with those measures until now”.

The ICMR’s clarification comes amid India recording its biggest single-day jump in new coronavirus cases with 9,996 fresh infections and 357 patients dying, taking the total number of cases to nearly 2.86 lakh cases. This is the ninth consecutive day that the country – fifth worst-hit by the pandemic – reported over 9,000 Covid-19 cases.