NEW DELHI: Despite a high number of cases, the government said there was no community transmission of Covid-19 in India as there was a “localised outbreak” in some geographical areas and underlined that with 80% of active cases reported from 49 districts, there was no case for a wider community spread.
Stating that the conditions for community transmission had not been fulfilled, the health ministry said with regard to active cases, 80% of close contacts of positive cases could be traced within 72 hours with the given protocols.
“After the GoM meeting on Thursday, health minister Harsh Vardhan has clarified that community transmission stage is not there in India… We must not forget that in our country, 49 districts alone account for 80% of Covid cases. So, in a country with more than 733 districts, if only 49 districts are depicting over 80% cases, talking of community transmission is perhaps not justified,” Rajesh Bhushan, officer on special duty in the health ministry, said.
WHO hasn’t issued any standard definition of community transmission or localised outbreak but has given the right to member states to assess the situation and report on it, Bhushan added.
Data showed that eight states, including Maharashtra, TN, Delhi, Karnataka and Telangana, accounted for around 90% of active cases. Six states — Maharashtra, Delhi, Gujarat, TN, UP and West Bengal — accounted for 86% of Covid deaths. In all, 32 districts accounted for 80% of fatalities, the health ministry said.