At a time when the country is looking for updates on new corona patients and what is India’s current Corona tally, Health ministry could provide only one update through Friday. However, the latest tally on Saturday morning says, India’s total Corona affected patient count has hit 873.
However, the ministry seems to be making up for that with providing two updates on Corona count by Saturday afternoon.
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There are at least 775 active COVID-19 cases in India at present, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Saturday, taking the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country to 873.
Besides 778 active cases, the country has reported 19 casualties so far while 78 persons have recovered or been discharged from hospital.
The disease has so far spread to 27 states and UTs. A total of 103 districts have been affected by the highly contagious virus.
On Friday, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said that it has given orders to Public Sector Undertakings to provide ventilators in order to handle the surge in novel coronavirus cases in the country.
Joint Health Secretary of the Health Ministry Lav Agarwal said, “The government is taking preemive and proactive approach to tackle the situation. In order to upgrade the number of ventilators in the country,” adding “We have given an order to PSU to provide 10,000 ventilators. Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), which is one of the Defence Ministry’s PSUs, has also been requested to purchase 30,000 additional ventilators in 1-2 months.”
Agarwal said at least 1.4 lakh companies have allowed their employees to work from home as per government’s request. “Around 1.4 lakh companies allowed employees allowed work from home after our appeal of social distancing and lockdown.”
PM Modi announces emergency relief fund to fight coronavirus
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday announced the creation of an assistance and emergency situation relief fund where people can contribute and help in the government’s fight against coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund will go a long way in creating a healthier India, he said on Twitter.
“People from all walks of life expressed their desire to donate to India’s war against COVID-19,” he said, adding the fund has been constituted respecting that spirit.