Posted on June 10, 2020, 3:11 PM IST
The government of Maharashtra has denied community transmission of COVID 19 inspite of being the biggest hotspot of coronavirus in the country with more than 90,000 cases. "I don't believe there is community spread. This is the assumption in my state," state health minister Rajesh Tope said in the backdrop of concerns about community spread in Delhi.
Yesterday, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said half the coronavirus cases in the national capital cannot be traced to any source, which suggests community transmission. As the Centre rejected the claim, Mr Jain today said, "There is transmission in the community, but if it is community transmission or not that can be declared by Centre only, it is a technical term."
"There needs to be 20 to 40 per cent of cases, which have to come directly from the community, where we cannot find out through contact tracing where they have contracted it from," Rajesh Tope conceded while talking to NDTV. "It is either from coming in contact with high risk contacts like the index case or through infection from the index case through an intermediary," he explained.
The state, he said, is tracing every case through the "3T principle -- Aggressive Tracing, Testing and Isolation and Treatment"."We are working according to this principle in Maharashtra and whatever cases are there at present, every case is traced," he added.
Mumbai has seen a steady rise in deaths this month, which doctors attributed to the shortage of ICU beds. The city has recorded an average of 53 deaths every day in June, a jump from the average 32 last month.