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A health worker wearing a protective suit walks after moving people to a quarantine facility, amid concerns about the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Nizamuddin area of New Delhi, India, March 30, 2020. Image Credit: Reuters

New Delhi: Coronavirus outbreak in India is, technically, still in local transmission stage, and there has been no community transmission so far, the Union Health Ministry announced on Monday.

Joint Secretary, Health Lav Agarwal said 99 cases out of the over 1,000 positive coronavirus cases have recovered so far.

The Health Ministry, urging people to follow dos and don’ts, said early identification of the viral infection is very crucial in fighting the disease. As many as 1,071 cases have been confirmed for the viral infection with 92 cases coming in the last 24 hours and four deaths.

The Health Ministry said 10 empowered groups have been constituted focusing on medical emergency, hospital management and community mobilisation, and emphasised on following social distancing to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

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“Most of the positive cases for the coronavirus had a travel history,” Agarwal added.

“We should maintain social distancing. Even one person’s carelessness may play a big role in the spreading of the coronavirus,” he said.

Indian Council of Medical Research’s Dr. Raman Gangakhedkar said 38,442 coronavirus test has been done so far and it is still below 30 per cent of its testing capacity. He added that 47 private labs have conducted 1,334 in three days.

Army dismisses as fake social media messages about likely imposition of Emergency

The Indian Army on Monday dismissed as “fake” certain messages circulating on social media about likely imposition of Emergency in the country next month to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

Army officials also said no effort is being initiated to rope in services of retired personnel, the National Cadet Corps and the volunteers enrolled under the National Service Scheme in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

“Fake and malicious messages are circulating on social media about likely declaration of emergency in mid April and employment of #IndianArmy, #Veterans, NCC and NSS to assist the civil administration,” the Army’s Additional Director general of Public Information (ADGPI) tweeted.

“It is clarified that this is absolutely Fake,” the ADGPI said.

The positive coronavirus cases touched 1,071 on Monday with 29 deaths.

PM urges social bodies to actively join COVID-19 battle

Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Monday urged the social welfare organisations to support the government amid the coronavirus epidemic.

Interacting with representatives of social organisations through video link, Modi said the nation was facing an “unprecedented crisis and needs their service and resources like never before.”

These organisations, he said, could play a huge role in arranging basic necessities for the poor, and by dedicating their medical facilities and volunteers to serve patients and the needy.

The nation needed both short- and long-term vision to overcome the challenge, he said.

Observing that people have been seen gathering and flouting social distancing norms in the name of belief, Modi urged them to help counter superstitions, beliefs and misinformation.