Covid situation looks bad as community spread has started in
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Indian Medical Association (IMA) on 18 July said community transmission of Covid-19 in India has started and the situation looks bad, the Times of India said quoting ANI.

Attributing this statement to Dr VK Monga, Chairperson of IMA Hospital Board of India, the report said: "This is now an exponential growth".

"Every day the number of cases is increasing by more than 30,000. This is really a bad situation for the country. There are so many factors connected with it but overall this is now spreading to rural areas. This is a bad sign. It now shows a community spread," Dr Monga said.

This statement is significant because the Union Health Ministry has been maintaining that community transmission of Covid-19 has not started yet in India, claim strongly challenged by independent health experts.

The government maintains its claim despite the fact that India now has the third-highest number of Covid-19 cases in the world after the US and Brazil.

"This is a viral disease that spreads very fast. To contain the disease there are only two options. Firstly, 70 per cent population contracts the disease and gets immune, and other is getting an immunisation," Dr Monga reportedly said.

Source: https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/covid-situation-looks-bad-as-community-spread-has-started-in-india-indian-medical-association-1701991-2020-07-18
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