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One COVID-19 patient can infect 400 people at a time, says Maharashtra health official

Oak also alleged that the Centre was not providing enough support to undertake vaccination for all. There are some challenges in mass vaccination. So, the state government wants the permission for door-to-door immunisation.

One COVID-19 patient can infect 400 people at a time, says Maharashtra health official
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A coronavirus patient can infect up to 400 people, said the head of Maharashtra's COVID task force, Dr. Sanjay Oak, on Thursday, April 1.

While speaking to reporters, Oak said that a new range of symptoms such as common cold, mild body ache and fatigue has emerged in COVID-19 patients in the state.

The coronavirus infection generally spreads through the nose. Hence, there is no alternative to masks, hygiene and social distancing to curb the spread of coronavirus infection, said Oak.

“Symptoms such as common cold, mild body ache and fatigue have emerged among patients and people tend to postpone their visit to a doctor when they notice these signs. In the current situation, any such symptom should be treated as COVID-19 infection and medicines should be given accordingly,” he added.

Oak also alleged that the Centre was not providing enough support to undertake vaccination for all. There are some challenges in mass vaccination. So, the state government wants permission for door-to-door immunisation, but it cannot be done without the Centre's permission.

"There are reports that some states have started door-to-door vaccination, and Maharashtra should also be allowed to do so. The state should be able to vaccinate maximum population by June for better control on the virus and its spread," he said.

There have been cases where people with a common cold and mild body ache come to COVID-19 centres very late and succumb to the disease within a couple of days from the date of admission, he said.

Genome sequencing of samples in the state has been increased to ascertain the strain of the virus, he added.

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