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‘No Underreporting, All The Missing Links Will Be Answered’

ICMR dir­ector general Prof Balram Bhargava dismisses the allegation of under-reporting on coronavirus testing and says all the missing links would be soon explained.

‘No Underreporting, All The Missing Links Will Be Answered’
‘No Underreporting, All The Missing Links Will Be Answered’
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2020-06-16T11:25:53+05:30

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has been at the centre of pandemic control in India. Under the aegis of the COVID-19 National Task Force, it has set the overarching policy on testing and treatment strategies, yet its role has faced flak for lack of data tra­nsparency, among other iss­ues. Here, ICMR dir­ector general Prof Balram Bhargava dismisses the allegation of under-reporting and says all the missing links would be soon explained. Excerpts from an e-mail interview with Jeevan Prakash Sharma.

Do you still deny that community transmission has started in cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad etc?

A majority of cases are being reported from a limited number of cities. And within the cities, there are specific pockets. Hence, it would be better to use the phrase high containment zones. Many of the states and cities do not have that much infection: hence, it cannot be generalised. Prevention in containment zones and in clusters will be decisive in stopping future spread. Local...

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