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Schools, colleges closed to contain COVID-19 from community spread

New Delhi: At a time when India has reported 84 positive cases of coronavirus, the claims of Director General of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Balram Bhargava that out of 100 confirmed cases the chances of death is limited to only two, may bring some relief to all those who are living in a state of panic.

While talking to Millennium Post, the ICMR DG made it clear that the mortality rate of Covid-19 is just two per cent, which means out of 100 positive cases of coronavirus only two may die while nothing will happen to rest 80 positive cases as they would get discharged after recovery within the quarantine period.

Explaining about the transmission of the lethal disease, Bhargava said, "There are four stages of this disease. At the stage one, it get transmitted from the persons who have travelled to the countries which are in grip of Covid-19, while at stage two of this disease, it get transmitted from infected person to their local contacts such as close relatives/household members."

"The stage three is that of community transmission where the infection get acquired by those who don't have travel history or don't know anyone who has and the stage four is when it becomes an epidemic," he added.

"Fortunately, at present, we are at stage two and the next month is very important to ensure that we don't have community transmission. The state governments have closed down schools, colleges, parks, public events, etc as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of coronavirus from community transmission,"

Bhargava said.

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