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Community spread has started, COVID-19 cases in rural areas a bad sign: IMA

By IndianMandarins- 19 Jul 2020
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At a time when the count of coronavirus cases in the country has gone past a million, Indian Medical Association (IMA) has said that community spread has started and the situation is quite bad.

Dr V K Monga, the Chairman of IMA Hospital Board of India, said: "This is now an exponential growth. Every day the number of cases is increasing by more than around 30,000. This is really a bad situation for the country. There are so many factors connected with it but overall this is now spreading to rural areas which is a bad sign. It now shows a community spread."

According to the latest health ministry update, the total confirmed cases in India have reached 1,038,716. Of these 358,629 are active cases and 653,751 cured/discharged/migrated cases. A total of 26,273 deaths have been registered to date.

Dr Monga said, "Cases are penetrating down into towns and villages where it will be very difficult to control the situation. In Delhi, we were able to contain it, but what about interior parts of the country in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Goa, Madhya Pradesh (which maybe the new hotspots)?"

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"All these issues are very important and the state governments should take full care and seek help of the Central government to control the situation," Monga said.

As many as 13,433,742 samples have been tested for Covid-19 till July 17. Of these 361,024 samples were tested on Friday, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said. Vaccination, being the greatest hope to contain Covid-19, India's two indigenous vaccine makers would be starting human trials soon.

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