NEW DELHI:The Union home ministry said that there were no instances of community transmission in the country yet. “No need to panic but remain aware and alert,” Lav Aggarwal,Joint Secretary,Health Ministry,said in the daily briefing.
However, according to an ICMR study, 104 of the 5,911 patients with severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) tested positive for COVID-19. Of them, 40 cases (38.5 percent) did not report any history of contact with a known case or international travel. The study was conducted from 15 February to 2 April.
The Union health ministry said that of the 16,002 COVID-19 tests conducted on Thursday, “only 2 percent cases tested positive”, said health ministry joint secretary Lav Aggarwal. Earlier, he had said that ‘0.2 percent’ had tested positive but he clarified that it was ‘2 percent’.
“On the basis of the samples collected, the infection rate is not high. Rapid diagnostics kits have also been sanctioned,” he added.
The MEA on Friday, during the daily briefing said that a group of ministers decided to “release some of the surplus hydrochloroquine for export” as requests for the drug were already there.
India has a domestic requirement of 1 crore hydroxychloroquine tablets while there are 3.28 crore hydroxychloroquine tablets available currently. He was replying to questions about the export of the drug from India.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Friday said that the Centre has evacuated 20,473 foreign nationals out of India as of Thursday. This is an ongoing process. We are receiving excellent cooperation. This is all government effort, said Dammu Ravi, AS and COVID-19 coordinator of the MEA.