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Slowdown in corona spread: Health Ministry

Joint Secretary, Union Health Ministry, Lav Agarwal opined on Thursday that with 18 deaths and over 710 COVID-19 positive cases, India is now showing a relatively slower spread of COVID-19 infection rate.

However, he was quick to add that the country cannot afford to be relaxed about restrictions put in place to contain the virus. The JS also observed that measures including social distancing, contact tracing and quarantine were important deterrents to the spread of the virus and could even enable India to keep community transmission away or delay it.

“The National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (NIMHANS) has been roped in to provide behavioural health modules and educate about mental health while training is being offered to ASHAs and grassroots-level health workers to educate, help in surveillance and assist with care of patients,” he told the media. He further added that there are 64,411 of those who have come into India recently, and are currently under surveillance; and of this 8,300 are in home quarantine.

According to reports from states, Kerala had the highest number of coronavirus patients at 137, followed by 129 in Maharashtra and 52 in Karnataka.