In what is feared to be India’s first case of community transmission, a 41-year-old woman with no foreign travel history has tested positive for coronavirus. Until now, India’s response to the virus has mostly focused on people who have either returned from coronavirus-infected countries or have been in contact with people who have. This was a part of the criteria for testing in India.
The spread of COVID-19 is picking pace in India. It is not yet as bad as or as fast as other countries, but it is getting worse.
WHO IS THE PATIENT?
On Saturday, The National Institute of Virology (NIV) announced that a resident of Pune had tested for the COVID-19 virus. The patient had not visited any of the coronavirus-infected countries in the recent past. However, she had travelled to Vashi in Navi Mumbai for a wedding on March 3.
The patient is currently critical and on a ventilator at Bharati hospital.
The infection was discovered after her throat swabs were sent to NIV to check for the possibility of swine flu (H1N1).
She resides near Sinhgad road, which the area where the first two cases of the virus were reported from Pune.
According to Deccan Herald, 4 of the woman’s relatives have also tested positive for the virus. They are her son, her sister and the latter’s husband and daughter.
WHAT IS THE STATUS OF CORONAVIRUS IN INDIA?
The number of active cases in India is on the constant rise.
The country was swift to take actions against the virus, such as closing down schools and colleges. Thus, the spread of virus was slowed. The efforts of the country were also appreciated internationally.
However, the virus is now spreading to the corners of the country.
The number of active cases in the country has now crossed 300. Nearly 30 patients have recovered from the virus, while 6 have lost their lives.
State-wide lockdowns have been initiated in many states of the country. Travel services such as metros and trains have been shut down. Only state-run buses are allowed to function, that too at 25% capacity.