SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, has spread to 30 per cent of districts across India.
Indian health ministry data shows that the government has been able to ascertain cases in 211 of 720 districts in the country, with some big states reporting more than 60 per cent of districts as infected while many have over 30 per cent, reports Times of India.
This number is likely to increase as the ministry has only accounted for district-reporting of 1,965 positive cases, while the total number in India is over 2,000.
‘The endeavour is to contain the spread in districts that have already reported. The lockdown has helped to an extent, although initial movement of people hurt us,’ a senior official in the Karnataka government said.
As per district-wise projections by Santosh Ansumali, professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, and Aloke Kumar of IISc, India may require more than 16,000 respiratory pumps and nearly 5,000 ventilators to treat patients by April-end.
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