Monday 23 March 2020 1:31 AM UTC
New Delhi March 23: As many as 80 per cent of the people even if they are infected with coronavirus will experience just cold-like fever and they will recover on their own, said Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Director-General Balram Bhargava today.
“It is essential to understand the ailment. 80 per cent of the people will experience cold-like fever and they will recover. 20 per cent may experience cough, cold, fever and some of them may need to be admitted to hospital,” said Mr Bhargava here while addressing a joint presser.
“The 5 per cent who get admitted to the hospital are given supportive treatment and in some cases, new medicines are being given,” he added.
The ICMR Director-General said that they have conducted 15,000-17,000 tests so far.
“We have conducted 15,000-17,000 tests so far. We have the capacity to conduct 10,000 tests per day. It means that we can conduct 50,000-70,000 per week,” he said.
To break the chain of transmission, the easiest method is to isolate the people coming from outside, the ICMR Director-General said. “The virus is not present in the air. It can be transmitted through droplets released.”
Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry, while addressing the joint presser, said the Centre has asked the State governments to issue directions to the 75 districts that have positive cases to stop all services except the emergency services.
He also expressed happiness over all sections of society contributing to the success of ‘Janata Curfew,’ the call for which was given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday.
In India, 341 confirmed cases have reported as of now. It may vary as I mention, he said.
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