Coronavirus Outbreak: India on Stage 2 of Covid-19; What Will Happen Next?

India is in stage 2 (local transmission) of coronavirus outbreak, said the Director General of Indian Council of Medical Research.

Coronavirus Outbreak: India on Stage 2 of Covid-19; What Will Happen Next?
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According to the Director General of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India is in stage 2 (local transmission) of coronavirus outbreak. It means that at present, there is no community transmission of the virus.

What is Stage 2 of Coronavirus?

ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava said, “We already know that we are in Stage 2. We are not in Stage 3, clearly as of now. The third stage is community transmission, which we hope we shouldn't have.” 

He added, “It would depend on how strongly we close our international borders, in which the government has taken very proactive steps. But we can't say that community transmission won't happen.” 

Coronavirus Stage 2

 

What are the four stages of coronavirus outbreak?

Stage 1: It is when cases are imported from affected countries. Only the ones who travelled abroad test positive.

Stage 2: This stage comes when there is local transmission from infected persons. Like, from relatives or acquaintances of those who travelled abroad. Less people are affected in it. The source of the virus is known and it is easier to trace the chain, which is not true in community transmission.

Stage 3: In this stage, community transmission takes place and large areas get affected. It is when a patient not exposed to any infected person or one who has not travelled to any of the affected countries tests positive.
Here the detected people who are tested positive are unable to identify where they got the virus from. Italy and Spain are Stage 3.

Stage 4: It is the worst stage here the disease takes the shape of an epidemic like China. It has no clear end point.