The 1st case of the 2019–2020 coronavirus in India was reported on 30th Jan 2020, originating from China. As of 23rd Mar 2020, the Indian Council of Medical Research and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare have confirmed a total of 415 cases, 23 recoveries, 1 migration and 7 deaths in the country. The infection rate of COVID-19 in India is reported to be 1.7, which is remarkably lower than in the worst affected countries.
The outbreak has been declared an epidemic in more than a dozen states and union territories, where provisions of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 have been invoked, and educational institutions and many commercial establishments have been shut down. India has suspended all tourist visas, as a majority of the confirmed cases were linked to other countries. The government has also issued lock down of seventy five (75) districts across the country where confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported till 31st Mar 2020.
The country reported its first three cases in Kerala, all of whom were students who had returned from Wuhan, China. The transmission escalated in the month of March, after several cases were reported all over the country, most of which were linked to people with a travel history to affected countries. On 10 March, the total cases reached 50. On 12 March, a 76-year-old man who had returned from Saudi Arabia became the first victim of the virus in the country. The total cases reached 100 on 15 March and 250 on 20 March.
Stringent measures has been taken like screening at the airport and self quarantine options were given to the passengers coming from abroad and help desks are available at public places to extend support and guidance.
Govt has started stamping people who have been asked to remain in home quarantine upon their arrival in India. There are instances of such people fleeing home. If such persons don’t keep themselves in quarantine, govt will be forced to arrest them lodge FIR against them.
CORONAVIRUS TESTING & COUNTERMEASURES
The Health Ministry’s policy making team in New Delhi consists of the ministry’s Emergency Medical Response Unit, the Central Surveillance Unit (IDSP), the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and experts from three government hospitals. They are part of policy decisions to decide how coronavirus should be tackled in the country.[ A cluster-containment strategy is mainly being adopted, similar to how India contained previous epidemics, as well as “breaking the chain of transmission”. 15 labs across India led by the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, are testing for the virus, with more labs being trained. On 14 March 65 labs were named capable for testing for the virus (though as of 17 March not all are fully functional.
On 14 March, scientists at the National Institute of Virology isolated a strain of the novel coronavirus. By doing so, India became the fifth country to successfully obtain a pure sample of the virus after China, Japan, Thailand and the US. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said that isolation of the virus will help towards expediting the development of drugs, vaccines and rapid diagnostic kits in the country. NIV has shared two SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences with GISAID.
Initially, the labs tested samples only from those with a travel history to 12 countries designated as high-risk, or those who have come in contact with anyone testing positive for the coronavirus, or showing symptoms as per the government guidelines. On 20 March, the government decided to also include all pneumonia cases, regardless of travel or contact history after the country saw a sharp increase in the number of cases. The first and second confirmatory tests for the virus has been made free by the government. As of 14 March, the National Institute of Virology (NIV) has tested around 5,900 samples from individuals across the country. The number of tests per million in the country was 5 as of 14 March. In comparison, it is 26 in US, 76 in Japan, 1,005 in Italy and 4,099 in South Korea.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATES LIVE
|SN||State or Union territory||Infected cases||Deaths||Recoveries||Total cases|
|19||Tamil Nadu †||11||0||1||12|
|22||Uttar Pradesh †||24||0||9||33|
|Legend: "+" Inclusive of foreign nationals|
NOTE: STATE WISE CORONAVIRUS LIVE UPDATES FOR DEATH & INFECTION HAS BEEN TAKEN FROM GENUINE SOURCES. IF ANY INCONSISTENCY IN REPORTING KINDLY NOTIFY US FOR CORRECTION.
PM MODI ADDRESSING NATION - PANDEMIC CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
PM Modi proposes emergency fund to SAARC members, except pakistan all SAARC members has contributed to the SAARC Fund to combat COVID-19. This initiative was much needed for the SAARC region to come together combat the corona virus #SAARCfightsCorona was a trend in twitter.