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    COVID-19 LIVE Updates: Total number of COVID-19 positive cases rise to 3577, death toll increases to 83: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

    There has been a spike of 505 positive cases in the last 24 hours.

New Delhi: With a 61-year-old woman dying due to COVID-19 in Gujarat, the death toll across the country reached 77 on Sunday morning. Notably, India has witnessed 525 fresh coronavirus cases and 14 deaths in the last 24 hours, following which the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country crossed 3000 mark, Also Read - China Reports 51 New Coronavirus Cases, Mostly in Wuhan

However, the government has assured there was no need to panic as the rate of spread was less than in many other countries and just ‘one place’ accounted for 30 per cent of detected cases. Also Read - 'Cases on Rise, But Delhi Under Control,' Says CM Kejriwal as COVID-19 Tally in Capital Crosses 13,000-mark

Speaking to reporters yesterday, health ministry officials asserted that at least 1,023 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been found to be linked to the controversial Tablighi Jamaat congregation in the national capital last month, but massive efforts by various authorities have led to nearly 22,000 people linked to the religious grouping and their primary contacts getting quarantined. Also Read - Instagram Influencer Auctions Her Virginity Online to Raise Funds for Covid-19, Apologises After Outrage

“The Tablighi-linked infections, found across 17 states, including Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, showed that almost 30 per cent of them are from “one particular place where we could not sort of understand it and manage it”, Union Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal said.

Meanwhile, the government has drawn out a containment plan to contain the spread of COVID-19 within a defined geographic area. In a document, the health ministry referred Kerala, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Karnataka, Telangana, Delhi and Ladakh as high-risk states.  The ministry said with 211 districts now reporting COVID-19 cases, the risk of further spread remains very high.

Large-scale measures to contain COVID-19 over large territories have been tried in China. Mathematical modelling studies have suggested that containment might be possible especially when other public health interventions are combined with an effective social distancing strategy, the document stated.

The ministry also listed some of the factors affecting large outbreak cluster containment. The factors include public health response in terms of active case finding, testing of large number of cases, immediate isolation of suspect and confirmed cases and quarantine of contacts along with the geographical characteristics of the area.

The objective of this plan is to stop the chain of transmission thus reducing the morbidity and mortality due to COVID-19.

Globally, the deadly pandemic has infected more than 1 million people and claimed lives of over 50,000.