'No community transfer in India,' says Health Minister Harsh Vardhan even as COVID-19 cases near 8-lakh mark
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: As India's coronavirus cases mounted to 7.67 lakh on Thursday and death toll crossed the 21,000-mark, after nearly 25,000 fresh cases and 487 deaths, Union health minister, Harsh Vardhan, today said that there was no community transmission of the deadly virus in the country yet.
Harsh Vardhan said that 90% of the Covid-19 cases in the country have been reported in eight states only.
His statement came as India saw record single-day surge of 24,879 cases, with Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Delhi, Telangana, UP and Andhra Pradesh contributing to around 75 per cent of the new cases.
He also said that the medical experts have stated that there was no community transmission of coronavirus in India. He said there may be some localised pockets where transmission of the infection was high but as a country there was no community transmission.
Harsh Vardhan chaired the 18th high-level meeting of the Group of Ministers to review, monitor and evaluate the evolving situation on COVID-19.
He said that a presentation on the ground situation as well as latest statistics with respect to coronavirus was made and future strategies drawn up.
The union minister also said that only 32 districts were contributing 80% of total deaths in the country. Also, 86% of the total deaths are concentrated in six states.
As per ANI, the government said that the global comparison between the five most affected countries clearly depicted that India had one of the lowest cases per million (538) and deaths per million (15) compared to the global average of 1453 and 68.7, respectively. India has so far reported nearly 7.7 lakh cases and 21,161 fatalities.
As per government data, India has 538 cases per million and 15 deaths per million population — significantly lower if compared to large countries.
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