NEW DELHI, May 11 - As India registered a record jump of 4,213 COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the government on Monday said some relatively large outbreaks have been noticed in particular locations and it is important to focus on containment efforts to ensure that the country does not reach the community transmission stage.
The government also said the coronavirus tracking app Aarogya Setu is secure as it has been designed keeping in mind the privacy of people and is playing a crucial role in India�s fight against COVID-19.
Asked if there has been a community transmission of the disease, joint secretary in the Health Ministry Lav Agarwal at a press briefing said, �Some clusters have been found here (in the country), and in some cases in some particular locations relatively large outbreaks has also been noticed.�
�And in this context if you remember even AIIMS Director (Dr Randeep Guleria) had said that if these are not contained properly, the transmission rate would become higher. So, it is important for us now to focus on containment efforts and ensure that we do not reach the stage of community transmission,� he said.
Agarwal said 4,213 COVID-19 cases and 97 deaths have been reported in last 24 hrs till Monday 8 am, taking the total cases to 67,152 and death toll to 2,206.
As many as 20,917 COVID-19 patients have been cured till now, taking the recovery rate to 31.15 per cent. Also 1,559 patients have recovered in last 24 hours, the highest number of recoveries recorded in one day.
Ajay Sawhney, Chairman of the Empowered Group 9, which deals with Technology and Data Management, said the mobile application has been developed in order to alert people before they come in contact with infected patients and to alert the health system to take adequate steps for their help.
The Aarogya Setu mobile app, downloaded by 9.8 crore Indians, has contributed significantly in the country�s fight against COVID-19, he said, adding that the app has been designed keeping in mind the privacy of people. � PTI