A thousand cases to community spread fears: Covid-19 news from India

Updated on Mar 29, 2020 09:39 AM IST
A huge rush of migrant workers who had been marching on foot to their homes Delhi’s at Anand Vihar Bus Terminal on day 4 of the nationwide lockdown to check the spread of coronavirus.(Raj K Raj / HT Photo)
A huge rush of migrant workers who had been marching on foot to their homes Delhi’s at Anand Vihar Bus Terminal on day 4 of the nationwide lockdown to check the spread of coronavirus.(Raj K Raj / HT Photo)
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India recorded over 130 fresh Covid-19 cases on Saturday as its total count soared past 1,000. Amid growing concerns over community transmission (when the source of a patient’s infection can’t be traced or isolated), the Indian Council of Medical Research said numbers of “sporadic instances” were not significant enough to establish a community spread, the third phase of the outbreak. Meanwhile, authorities in the national capital faced a fresh challenge as thousands of migrant labourers thronged Delhi’s Anand Vihar interstate terminal to board buses back home in the wake of the 21-day countrywide lockdown.

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