With 505 new cases confirmed in the past 24 hours, the total number of cases is now 3,577, while the number of deaths has risen to 83; as of March 30, the count was 1,251 cases and 32 deaths.
Following reports and studies hinting at the possibility that the virus may be airborne, the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) has stated that there is no credible evidence in this regard. “If it were an airborne infection and not a droplet infection, every member of a family would be infected; the same would apply to other patients in a hospital. But so far, we have not seen any evidence of this. There have been a million cases worldwide and no such cases have been found. I think we have to trust this evidence, “said Dr. R R Gangakhedkar, chief epidemiology and infectious disease, ICMR.
Amid criticism that India is not testing enough, the number of daily tests has almost doubled in the past two days, from 5,800 on April 2 to 10,034 on April 4. With 9,369 samples tested on Sunday, a total of 89,534 samples have been tested so far.
On Saturday, the ICMR issued a notice for the use of rapid antibody tests in certain regions. The results of these tests must be communicated immediately to the ICMR.
Across the country, 274 districts have reported cases of COVID-19 to date, of which 62 contribute to 80% of cases
According to what the government informally calls the “Bhilwara model”, the containment zones, or the zones reporting a large number of cases, in these 62 districts will be closed. The strategy has proven successful in Bhilwara (Rajasthan), which had become a hotspot last month.
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