“To break the chain of transmission the easiest method is to isolate the people coming from outside”, said ICMR Director-General Bhargava
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 on Sunday. “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 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,” said Bhargava. The ICMR Director-General further 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.
Highlighting that 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.” The Central Government on Sunday asked all States to ready health facilities earmarked exclusively for treating COVID-19 patients to ramp up their capacity to manage such cases in the country.
Addressing reporters on the preparedness of the Government for prevention and containment of the disease, Health Ministry officials said the country has the capacity for conducting around 60,000-70,000 COVID-19 tests per week, with private labs also roped in to conduct such tests, provided they fulfill the defined criterion. “States have pledged that they will earmark hospitals exclusively to treat COVID-19 patients,” ICMR Director Balram Bhargava said. “For example, in Delhi, AIIMS’ division of National Cancer Institute in Jhajjar (Haryana) -- which has around 800 beds -- would be used only to treat COVID-19 patients,” he said. On the approval given to private labs to conduct coronavirus tests, Bhargava said there have been 60 registrations so far and more applications are under consideration.