Covid situation worsening as community spread has started in India, says IMA

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The spike in the number of Covid-19 cases in India has resulted in the community spread of the coronavirus disease, according to the Indian Medical Association (IMA). It also said that the situation is pretty bad in the country.

The number of Covid-19 positive cases has crossed a million mark, making India the third country after United States and Brazil to reach this grim milestone.


“This is now an exponential growth. Every day the number of cases is increasing by more than around 30,000. This is really a bad situation for the country,” Dr VK Monga, the Chairman of IMA Hospital Board of India, told news agency ANI.

He further said that the disease is spreading to the rural areas. “This is a bad sign. It now shows a community spread,” said Dr Monga.

Dr Monga said the cases are penetrating down into towns and villages where it will be very difficult to control the situation. “In Delhi, we were able to contain it, but what about interior parts of the country in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Goa, Madhya Pradesh?”


There are concerns in states like Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Karnataka, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal but the respective state governments have maintained that community spread has not started.


The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), meanwhile, said that it is ramping up testing facilities regularly. At present, 885 government laboratories and 368 private laboratory chains are conducting Covid-19 tests across the country.

Reacting to the IMA's alarming report, Dr Arvind Kumar, Chairman, Centre for Chest Surgery, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, said the community transmission was initially localised to pockets, for instance in Dharavi and several areas of Delhi, but now it has spread everywhere.

"I 100% agree with the IMA that there is community transmission in India. But it shouldn't come as a surprise because of the way coronavirus cases are rising in the country. IMA has only stated which is there for everyone to see," he added.


The cases in India are increasing at an alarming rate daily raising concerns about the community spread of the disease. 


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