New Delhi: Amid nationwide lockdown, the officials of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday said that there is still no hard evidence to say there has been community transmission of coronavirus in India. Also Read - Coronavirus: Odisha to Set up Country’s Largest COVID-19 Hospital, Will be Functional in Fortnight
“There is still no hard evidence to say there has been community transmission of coronavirus in India,” Health Ministry joint secretary Lav Agarwal said. Also Read - Coronavirus Lockdown: Namit Das Says He's Spending Time in House Cleaning
He also said that the community transmission phase of COVID-19 will start if the community and we (the govt) don’t work collectively and follow guidelines. “But it would never happen in India if we follow social distancing and treatment properly,” Aggarwal said. Also Read - Jos Buttler Wants 'Some' IPL to Happen Despite Coronavirus
1) Addressing a press conference, the Health Ministry said that 17 states have started working on earmarking hospitals for dedicated treatment of COVID-19 patients. “On our request, work has started in around 17 states for COVID-19 dedicated hospitals,” he said.
2) Agarwal said that social distancing can be effective intervention in breaking chain of coronavirus transmission in the country.
3) Agarwal also denied that the virus spreads through mosquitoes. “COVID-19 does not spread through mosquitoes,” he said.
4) Assuring the general public, Agarwal said that India is geared for COVID-19 challenge.
5) “While the numbers of COVID-19 cases are increasing, the rate at which they are increasing appears to be relatively stabilizing. However, this is only the initial trend,” Lav Aggarwal said.
6) In another development, the Central government allowed doorstep delivery of medicines/drugs to people in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. Notification to be published soon in the Gazette of India.
7) He said that over 42 fresh coronavirus cases and four deaths related to COVID-19 have been reported in the last 24 hours. Total number of cases stands at 649.
8) R Ganga Ketkar from the Indian Council of Medical Research said that the steps taken by the government are so effective that if we follow them strictly, the coronavirus cases will hardly increase in the country.
9) MHA Joint Secretary Punya Salila Srivastava said that the Central government is taking steps to ensure that production, supply or distribution of essential goods and services do not get affected during this coronavirus lockdown. “States are working to provide food and shelter to migrant workers,” she said.
10) On the other hand, the Ministry of External Affairs said that a discussion on travel restrictions has been conducted during a meeting of the Group of Ministers and it will be conveyed to the public soon.