The ICMR on June 11 said with COVID-19 prevalence as low as less than 1% in small districts in a large country like India, the nation is “definitely” not in the community transmission phase. Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal too put to rest questions on community transmission in Delhi saying, “If we get caught in grammar and let go of field action, we will suffer.”
With nearly 10,000 fresh cases registered within a span of 24 hours, the COVID-19 tally in India rose to 286,579 on June 11, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
India continued to remain the fifth worst-affected country after the US, Brazil, Russia and the United Kingdom.
Globally, as many as 7,357,794 people have been infected while 416,116 have died so far. The United States is by far the hardest-hit country, in terms of both confirmed infections and deaths. The total death toll in the country could hit the grim figure of 200,000 by September and expecting a dramatic decrease in positive cases will be a “wishful thinking”, an eminent Indian-American professor has warned.