The government says India is still on Stage 2 when there is a local transmission from infected persons. For example, relatives or acquaintances of those who traveled 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.
“Nowhere are we calling it community transmission. We are still in the local transmission stage. If we use the word ‘community’ then there is speculation,” said Luv Agarwal of the ICMR.