Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday said community transmission of the coronavirus infection is restricted to certain districts in a limited number of states, clarifying that “this is not happening across the country”.
The minister said this during an interaction with his social media followers on the sixth episode of “Sunday Samvaad”.
He was responding to a question from a participant, who cited West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s remark that there are instances of community transmission in her state and asked the minister which are the states that have witnessed community transmission of the disease.
“In different pockets across various states, including West Bengal, community transmission of COVID-19 is expected to occur, especially in densely-populated areas.
“However, this is not happening across the country. Community transmission is limited to certain districts, occurring in a limited number of states,” Dr. Vardhan said.
He added that as yet, no mutation of the coronavirus has been detected in India that is either more transmission-efficient or more pathogenic.
The Centre so far has denied community transmission of the coronavirus infection in the country.-PTI