80% Covid19 cases asymptomatic or with mild symptoms: Health Ministry

80% Covid19 cases asymptomatic or with mild symptoms: Health Ministry
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The Union Health Ministry said on Monday that 80 per cent of the Covid-19 cases are either asymptomatic or with mild symptoms, and assured that they all can be tracked.

Addressing a media briefing, Joint Secretary at the Health Ministry, Lav Agarwal, said, "80 per cent cases are either asymptomatic or with mild symptoms as per the worldwide analysis. They can be tracked."

He added, "Over 15 per cent of the cases convert intosevere cases and might require oxygen support, while 5 per cent of the casesturn critical."

Raman Gangakhedkar, head of infectious disease andepidemiology at the Indian Council of Medical Research A(ICMR) insisted that 80out of 100 people do not show symptoms and therefore chances are that theymight test positive.

He said this is the reason why people should follow thelockdown rules and maintain social distancing. "In this way, people willnot come in close contact," he said.The comments came in the backdrop of concernsthat there may be asymptomatic people who are yet to be detected.

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