Confusion over source of infection in Indore 

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Collector blames international travellers, anti-CAA protesters; expert refutes the claim 

  • There is no other medium. As many as 5,000-6,000 people returned from abroad and there were agitations going on in the city in which several people took part. 
  • Indore was one of the major centres of the protests within Madhya Pradesh where the police had on one occasion reportedly roughed up some participants too. 
  • Mainly this [novel coronavirus] has come through flights, the medium being the airport. The situation has come to be because of passengers who came here in January and February. 
  • According to the World Health Organization, most estimates of the incubation period, the time between catching the virus and beginning to have symptoms of the disease, range from one to 14 days, most commonly around five days.  
  • The first case in Indore was reported on March 22. The city makes up 65% of the 1,360 cases and 68% of the 69 deaths in the State. 
  • Indore has the third highest number of cases after New Delhi and Mumbai. Recently, the case fatality rate in the city, the largest and the most populous in the State, soared to 12%, the highest in the country. 

‘Claims unjustified’ 

  • Studying the pattern of the disease’s spread in Indore, requesting anonymity, said limiting the source of infection to international travel was unjustified. 
  • During contact tracing, experts were going over the possibility of an outbreak effected by a carrier’s indirect contact with someone with international travel history in another city. 
  • Once the virus crept into the community, it transmitted furiously in certain areas that are overcrowded.  
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