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"Prepared If Coronavirus Spreads Arvind Kejriwal"As Delhi Cases Near 400

"Prepared If Coronavirus Spreads Arvind Kejriwal"As Delhi Cases Near 400

New Delhi: As the number of coronavirus cases in the capital has climbed to 400, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said that there is still no community transmission of coronavirus in Delhi but the government is prepared to handle even if it spread.

These cases included 259 who were evacuated from the Markaz or religious centre of Islamic missionary group Tablighi Jamaat which violated rules and held a massive congregation in Delhi's Nizamuddin area last month with attendees from countries like Malaysia and Kyrgyzstan.

Community spread of the virus is not taking place in Delhi yet and there is no need to panic. The situation is under control," Mr Kejriwal said.

The government has made preparations if the virus starts spreading among people, he said.

The chief minister also launched a WhatsApp helpline for people to enquire about COVID-19, food banks, shelters among others.

The number of coronavirus cases in India stood at 2,301 with 56 deaths on Friday with the government maintaining India is at Stage 2 of the pandemic.

Of the four stages, Stage 1 is when cases are imported from affected countries. Only those who travelled abroad test positive.

In Stage 2, there is a local transmission from infected persons. For example, relatives or acquaintances of those who travelled abroad. In local transmission, fewer people are affected. The source of the virus is known and it is easier to trace the chain, as opposed to community transmission.

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