The ICMR had picked 1,020 random samples of people with severe acute respiratory illness pneumonia and influenza-like symptoms for testing for Covid-19.
There is no community spread of Covid-19 in India. This is very encouraging news and once again is evidence of the outstanding and proactive intervention by the government so far in containing the contagion at stage 2. Rejoice but remain cautious. In the detailed speech he gave, Tamilnadu Health Minister Vijayabhaskar explained that at least 3 tests are conducted over a 3 week period before they declare the patient negative. He also explained that is the protocol set by the GoI health secretary is meticulously followed and tracked in daily reviews between central and state governments. So, hope India is following the right procedure here, Assuming also there is already community spread, then wouldn't more people be in hospital with severe symptoms. The first case was identified in Jan and it is mid march now, since the affected numbers aren't much, shouldn't it mean that there has been some form of containment. Even if there are more people affected with virus, maybe the resistance is better in India that it doesn't go to severe levels.Having done everything right so far, India cannot afford to fail in the last and crucial step