Malls and shopping centres have opened in Delhi as the city eases lockdown restrictions (Express Photo: Tashi Tobgyal)
With the country gradually unlocking restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, the number of cases continue to go up crossing over 2.6 lakh, according to the latest tally. Several states have shown upward deviations from their trendlines in the last few days, indicating a surge in future tally as well. India has so far recorded 7,471 deaths and 1,29,313 recoveries from Covid-19.
While Mumbai alone counted over 50,000 cases by Tuesday, Delhi has projected an exponential growth in the city’s numbers to 5.5 lakh by July end. Currently, the city has recorded almost 30,000 cases. Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said the source of Covid-19 infection in 50 per cent of the cases was unknown, adding that it was up to the Centre to declare whether the city had entered the community transmission phase.
Despite the upward trend in total cases, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan assured that India is better positioned in the fight against COVID-19 compared to other nations, however, adding that there is no space for complacency.
Meanwhile, as the world struggles to flatten the curve of the virus, a Harvard study suggested that the coronavirus hit Wuhan far earlier than reported-a report China dismissed as “incredibly ridiculous”. Almost 72 lakh people worldwide are infected with the virus, including 4,08,482 deaths.
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The expected surge in novel coronavirus cases following relaxations in the nationwide lockdown looks set to begin soon, with several states showing upward deviations from their trendlines in the last few days.
Jammu and Kashmir and Haryana reported an unusually high number of new cases on Sunday; Uttar Pradesh has seen two big jumps in the last three days; Assam and Tripura have been growing at over 10 per cent every day for more than a week now; and Karnataka has risen swiftly in the last few days to make an entry into the list of top 10 states with the largest caseloads.
Other states like West Bengal, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh and Kerala have also been adding a large number of cases every day. Tamil Nadu and Delhi, which have the country’s second and third highest caseloads respectively, have been reporting between 1,300 and 1,500 cases each every day.
Community transmission or spread is said to be taking place when the source of the contagion is not known. In pic: Cops get their temperature tested
Meanwhile, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said the source of Covid-19 infection in 50 per cent of the cases in the national capital was unknown, adding that it was up to the Centre to declare whether the city had entered the community transmission phase.
The health minister also indicated that the assessment of the local administration points towards the “third stage of spread”. “Director AIIMS Randeep Guleria has said (there has been community transmission) but Centre has not yet confirmed it,” Jain said.So, what is community transmission?
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), community transmission “is evidenced by the inability to relate confirmed cases through chains of transmission for a large number of cases, or by increasing positive tests through sentinel samples (routine systematic testing of respiratory samples from established laboratories)”.
In other words, community transmission or spread is said to be taking place when the source of the contagion is not known, i.e. when one is unable to trace an infection back to a carrier who has travelled in an affected area, or through contact with a person who has the disease.
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