Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said today that community transmission of the coronavirus infection is limited to certain districts in a limited number of states, adding that “it does not happen in all the countries”.
The minister said this when interacting with his social media followers on the sixth episode of “Sunday Samvaad“.
He was responding to a question from a participant, who quoted the remark by the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, that there are cases of community transmission in his state and asked the minister which states are have witnessed community transmission of the disease.
“In different pockets of various states, including West Bengal, community transmission of COVID-19 is expected to occur, especially in densely populated areas. However, this is not happening across the country. Community transmission is limited to certain districts, occurring in a limited number of states, ”Vardhan said.
He added that to date, no mutation of the coronavirus has been detected in India that is more efficient in terms of transmission or more pathogenic.
The Center has so far denied community transmission of the coronavirus infection in the country.
Ministry of Health officials said the World Health Organization (WHO) had not given any standard definition of community transmission.
It allows its member countries to assess the spread of the disease, based on their own analysis of the situation, and to report, which the global body shows on its website.
Basically, if the chain of transmission cannot be traced, it means there is community transmission, officials said.
The Center argued that there are clusters of cases and pockets of localized transmission.
India’s COVID-19 tally climbed to 74.94,551 on Sunday with 61,871 new cases reported in one day, while the death toll climbed to 1.14,031 with 1,033 more people dying from the coronavirus in 24 hours, the data from the Ministry of Health updates to 8 am shown.
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