Answering to the questions about coronavirus spread in India, the Health Ministry, as per a report by NDTV, said that the country has begun experiencing “local transmission and limited community transmission” of the virus. However, the government also urged to not misinterpret its statement as “community transmission.”
The spread could be the result of a boom in migration among people in the last couple of days as thousands of migrant workers have taken on roads to reach homes as their livelihood comes under threat in cities amidst lockdown.
“Nowhere are we calling it community transmission. We are still in the local transmission stage. If we use the word ‘community’ then there is speculation,” said Luv Agarwal of the Indian Council of Medical Research.
“Kindly allow us to use the word community but not in the context you have interpreted. Our country is in the local transmission stage,” the official added.
India today crossed 1,000+ coronavirus cases among which 29 have been reported dead. 90+ people have fully recovered.