India prepares for Stage 3 of COVID-19

NEW DELHI, MAR 27 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 3/27/2020 12:26:59 PM IST

India has begun preparing for Stage-3 of the outbreak following recommendation from members of the COVID-19 task force, even as Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) continues to maintain that there is no evidence of community transmission in the country yet.

The preparations have already begun in Delhi, where the government has started scaling up its health infrastructure to handle the evolving situation. “I have received the report from our panel of doctors recommending measures to prepare for a potential Stage 3 outbreak of COVID-19 in Delhi. We are ramping up our capacity for an eventuality of 1,000 daily positive cases, for testing, treatment and isolation,” Kejriwal said during a press briefing on Friday.

A senior scientist at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the nodal body framing the country’s policy for coronavirus testing, has said India has delayed community transmission of the virus and the 21-day nationwide lockdown is likely to help in a major way.

Dr Raman Gangakhedkar, however, said that if lockdown rules are not followed diligently, there could be trouble. According to the government, currently India is largely reporting cases either having a travel history to the virus hit countries or contact history with an infected person.

According to Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India still remains at Stage 2 (local transmission) and is yet to enter Stage-3 of the disease cycle.

“We started implementation of strategies way early, while few other countries started late. We do not have community transmission yet,” said Dr Raman R Gangakedkar, Head of Epidemiology and Communicable Disease at Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi, the apex body for biomedical research in India. India also looks to expand its testing capacity over the next few days, as more private laboratories come on board. Private hospitals, too have begun gearing up to help when there is likely surge in infected cases by creating adequate number of isolation wards.

India has so far recorded 804 cases and the numbers continue to surge. On Friday, as many as 101 new cases were found positive. At least 17 have succumbed to the disease and 67 have recovered.

Nagaland: 13 test negative, 4 reports awaited 


KOHIMA, MAR 27 (NPN): Nagaland has not reported any COVID-19 positive up to 5 p.m. as on March 27 as out of the 17 samples collected and sent for tests, 13 were negative, while reports of four samples were awaited. 

This was stated by government spokespersons  and minister Neiba Kronu in a briefing on COVID-19. He said 2,719 individuals, including students, had self-reported to their respective district surveillance units and were under home quarantine, while four were under facility quarantine.

Kronu informed that the Health & Family Welfare minister Pangnyu Phom held a video conferencing with chief medical officers and medical superintendents of all districts on Friday to review the preparedness against COVID-19 pandemic in the State. 

He reiterated the commitment of the H&FW department to address the problems and assist any need-based requirement on priority basis to fight the pandemic.

He mentioned that Kohima deputy commissioner and superintendent of police visited the quarantine facility at Meriema on Friday to review the progress, while the principal secretary, home inspected the COVI D-19 Hospital at Chedema.

Efforts had also been made to expedite delivery of essential medical equipments and accessories, including airlifting of consignments, with the help of Government of India, he added.  

The spokesperson claimed that availability of essential commodities across the State continued to be normal, adding that as and when shortage of any particular commodity was anticipated, the district administration was taking corrective actions in advance so that the stock was available.

He thanked citizens for following the various measures imposed for enforcing lockdown in the State, adding that government understood that the lockdown measures could be creating difficulties and hardships, but emphasised that the lockdown was vital for ensuring that COVID-19 did not spread.

Kronu appealed for continued co-operation from all village councils, colonies and wards in towns and faith-based organisations during this lockdown period.

He said the government had received requests from people presently outside the State seeking help and intervention for the hardships faced by them because of the countrywide lockdown.

In this regard, he claimed that suitable and prompt actions were being taken in coordination with authorities of the States they were stuck to sort out the issue, adding that State Level Control Room on COVID-19 was functioning 24x7 since March 25. He said anyone having any grievance or facing any problem regarding availability of essential commodities, goods and services, transport and any other issue due to the lockdown could call on 0370 2291122 and 0370 2291120.

For any health-related matters regarding COV1D-19, he said one could call on the control room numbers of H&FW department – 70994 35243, 98560 71745, 70055 39653 – or on the national toll-free number 1075.


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