In latest press briefing joint Secretary Health minister Lav Agarwal, confirmed that 80% of the total Covid-19 cases in India is asymptomatic or with mild symptoms.
He further added, “Around 15 percent of patients turn into severe cases and 5 percent turn into critical cases”.
These asymptomatic cases is matter for worry in India. Asymptomatic patients are hard to detect and they can only by tracing the contact of infected patients.
“80 per cent of the cases are asymptomatic. Our biggest worry is on their detection. There is no other way than contact-tracing,” said Dr Raman R Gangakhedkar, a senior scientist at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
When NDTV Journalist asked if there will be a change in the testing strategy to detect COVID-19 patients who do not show any symptoms, the scientist said, “What change can be made? There’s no scope for it. Wherever there is infection or in a hotspot, tests are being made for influenza-like illness (ILI). I’m not sure what further steps can be taken.”
Yesterday Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal also raised concerns in this issue during press briefing.
He said, “All the 186 Covid-19 positive cases that were reported yesterday were asymptomatic, they didn’t know they had Coronavirus. This is more worrying.”
India’s doubling rate before the lockdown was 3.4 days, it has now improved to 7.5 days. As per data on April 19, in 18 states, the rate is better than the national average: Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry
“Mahe in Puducherry, Kodagu in Karnataka & Pauri Garhwal in Uttarakhand have not reported any #COVID19 case in last 28 days. The number of districts where no case has been reported in last 14 days has increased to 59. Goa is now COVID-19 free”, He added.