Without Quarantine, A COVID-19 Patient Can Infect 400: Health Ministry

Henrietta Strickland
April 8, 2020

"R0" is a mathematical term that indicates how contagious an infectious disease is.

The Central government is mulling extending the nationwide lockdown beyond April 14 to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic following requests from several states and experts, government sources said on Tuesday.

Eight COVID-19 patients died and 354 news cases were reported in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of infected people in the country to 4,421, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday. "Till a decision is officially communicated, please refrain from speculation".

In Rajasthan, which saw the number of active cases touching 283 with 24 new cases, Health Minister Raghu Sharma said the government had chose to step up screening in hotspots using rapid testing kits. Dedicated Covid hospitals will care for those who have been clinically assigned as severe. The third category - dedicated Covid hospitals - will treat only critically ill patients.

"We have issued guidelines for cluster outbreak containment and this strategy is working well in areas like Agra, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Pathanamthitta, Bhilwara and East Delhi which saw large number of cases recently". Every bed must have oxygen support system fully equipped ventilators and ICU facilities. "The same strategy has been adopted in Mumbai and other districts also", he said.

He further said that under the concept of smart cities, technology was being used successfully in Pune, Surat, Bengaluru and Tumakuru for surveillance, monitoring quarantine facilities, tracking the health of suspected patients and their contacts, training and for predictive analysis using heat maps among others.

AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria on Monday (April 6) expressed concern over the rising cases of coronavirus COVID-19 in the country but indicated that lockdown may continue in hotspots of the deadly virus while talking to Zee Media.

According to the ICMR, 1,07,006 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in India so far. On an average, 375 coaches are being converted in a day.

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