Don't panic about the coronavirus, the health ministry tells people

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Health on Thursday asked people not to panic at the increasing number of cases in the country, saying the focus is on the preventive approach and that adequate facilities are available for testing.

He said that there is no instance of community transmission, adding that there has only been local transmission.

Because the coronavirus was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, ministry officials said that the coronavirus is difficult to isolate and that developing a vaccine will take at least a year and a half or two years.

India's efforts to treat the coronavirus are in line with WHO and the focus is on the preventive approach. More than 1,500 people are under observation for coming in contact with 73 positive coronavirus cases, ministry officials said at a press conference.

So far, 10.5 lakh people have been screened at 30 designated airports in India, officials said.

When asked if high temperature kills the coronavirus, officials said there is no study or evidence to suggest that.

They also said that the ICMR will begin surveillance to examine whether any infected person has been left undetected.