No community transmission in India, says govt amid spike in Covid-19 cases

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The top medical body official underlined that lockdown measures were “successful” in preventing the rapid spread of the disease.

india Updated: Jun 11, 2020 16:44 IST

A health worker transfers sample of a person from a swab test for Covid-19 in New Delhi. A health worker transfers sample of a person from a swab test for Covid-19 in New Delhi.(AP)

There is no community transmission of the coronavirus pandemic in India, the government said on Thursday amid intense speculation over the past week on the spike in cases, especially in Mumbai and Delhi.

“India is such a large country and prevalence is very low. India is not in community transmission,” said Balram Bhargava, Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

The top medical body official underlined that lockdown measures were “successful” in preventing the rapid spread of the disease.

“We found that about 0.73% of the population in these 15 districts showed a prevalence of past exposure to infection. It means that lockdown measures were successful in keeping it low and preventing rapid spread,” added Bhargava.

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