Con­tain­ing spread in clus­ters could help flat­ten the curve

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - Front Page - Rhythma Kaul [email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

nNEW DELHI: Since March 2 when the sec­ond wave of coro­n­avirus diease (Covid-19) cases was re­ported in Delhi and Hyderabad, In­dia has not re­ported any case of com­mu­nity trans­mis­sion, but the govern­ment is work­ing to con­trol cases of fo­cal out­breaks in some states.

Fo­cal out­breaks or lo­cal clus­ter­ing of pos­i­tive cases usu­ally oc­cur when fam­ily mem­bers, neigh­bours, friends or col­leagues ac­quire in­fec­tion from an “im­ported case”, where a per­son who gets in­fected abroad tests pos­i­tive af­ter ar­riv­ing in In­dia.

“The lo­cal clus­ter­ing of cases was re­ported from places such as Agra (Ut­tar Pradesh), Jaipur and Bhilwara (Ra­jasthan). We can’t call it com­mu­nity trans­mis­sion be­cause through suc­cess­ful contact trac­ing our teams man­aged to pin­point the source of in­fec­tion,” said a se­nior sci­en­tist in­volved in Covid-19 con­tain­ment.

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