Why in news?
Reiterating that India continues to be in the local transmission phase despite the country registering a spike from 100 to 1,000 cases in 12 days, the Union Health Ministry on 30th March 2020, said India’s precautionary and early lockdown is proving to be a step in the right direction.
- The growth graph of COVID-19 cases shows that India had taken 12 days to go from 100 to 1,000 cases.
- This graph in developed countries with less population and better facilities had risen anywhere between 3,000 to 8,000 cases starting from the same line and in the 12-day initial period.
- India is seeing this result of having lower cases compared to other countries because of early measures of isolation and lockdown.
- However, India is seeing “a small percentage of asymptomatic individuals”.
- No orders had been passed to “conduct large scale disinfection of people but protocol has been put in place for sanitising large public spaces, etc.”
- The government will be the first to announce that the infection has entered the next phase (Community transmission) because we would need a heightened level of preparation and cooperation from the general public. Technically we continue to be in the local transmission phase.”
Increase in number of COVID 19 cases across different states of India
Stages of spread of Coronavirus
There are Four states of the spread of the disease:
- Stage 1 is getting imported cases
- Stage 2 is local transmission
- Stage 3 is community transmission
- Stage 4 is when it turns into an epidemic.