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No Community transmission in India yet: Health Ministry

COVID-19 recovery rate 49.21 %

New Delhi: There are more patients who have recovered from COVID-19 infection in the country than active cases currently, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) said on Thursday while adding that there is ”no community transmission of the pandemic in India yet.”

Lav Agrawal, Joint Secretary, MoHFW also said that the recovery rate in the country currently stands at 49.21 percent during a press conference, which he said is a ”good sign.” “Today, our recovery rate is 49.21 per cent. The number of patients recovered presently exceeds the number of active patients,” Agarwal said.

As of Thursday, there are 1,37,448 active cases while 1,41,028 patients have been cured and discharged in the country. Meanwhile, 8,102 deaths have also been reported due to the infection so far.

Meanwhile, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Director-General, Balram Bhargava, said that there is no community transmission of COVID-19 at the national level yet. He added that the lockdown measures have helped in controlling the spread of the deadly virus until now.

“There is a heightened debate on community transmission. WHO has not given a 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.

“I would like to emphasise that it is not in community transmission,” he said.

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