Limited Community transmission has begun in India: Health Ministry
New Delhi : The limited community transmission has begun in India, a Union Health Ministry document said. This is for the first time, the authorities have admitted to the fact that in some cases the source of transmission could not be found.
The total number of coronavirus cases in India has reached 1,190 and 27 people have died due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
A document detailing the standard operating procedure (SOP), released by the ministry of health and family welfare issued late on Sunday night, said: "This SOP is applicable to the current phase of Covid-19 pandemic in India (local transmission and limited community transmission), wherein as per the plan of action, all suspect cases are admitted to isolation facilities."
The ICMR has been maintaining in Public that India is still in Phase 2, despite several cases in India where the source of transmission could not be traced or isolated.
Community transmission (Phase 3) happens when the source of infection is untraced and the patient has no travel history or known contact with a confirmed Covid-19 case. Under this, the total number of coronavirus cases explodes and becomes uncontrollable for doctors to contain it.
"We’ve had pockets of community transmission in several locations in half a dozen states, but now the number of people with untraceable infection is increasing, which is a sign that community transmission has begun. It is irreversible now," said a senior public health expert, requesting anonymity.
Meanwhile, some media reports have quoted experts claiming that the number of positive coronavirus pandemic cases in India are set to rise after India increases testing of it.