Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain said the spread of the coronavirus cases in the capital looked like the spread of the disease has now assumed community transmission dimensions. The minister said the Centre should have accepted that the wider prevalence of Covid-19 in Delhi was due to community spread. But he added that only the Union government and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) can comment on the community spread of coronavirus.
Jain, who recovered from the virus in July, said Covid infection is spreading at such a fast pace in Delhi and other parts of the country that community spread should have been admitted. Jain said due to the increased testing over the last 10 to 12 days, Delhi has been witnessing a downward trend in the Covid-19 positivity rate over the past two to three days.
The Arvind Kejriwal government has been urging the union government to declare community transmission as the source of infection in at least 50 per cent cases were unknown. The term community transmission means an illness spreads in such a way that the source of its infection is not known as opposed to local transmission which can be curbed by tracing contacts the patient had met.
As per the health bulletin issued by the Delhi government, Delhi’s Covid-19 count crossed 2.38 lakh mark on Friday with 4,127 fresh cases and the total casualties at 4,907. India is now the second worst-hit nation in the world after the US which has been reporting more than 90,000 cases a day in September and over 16 lakh fresh cases have been recorded this month.