A total of 5194 positive confirmed cases of COVID- 19 have been reported in the country so far. In last one day, 773 positive cases are reported. So far, 402 people have recovered and discharged from hospitals while 149 have lost their lives in the country due to COVID-19. Briefing reporters in New Delhi today, Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry, Lav Aggarwal said, as the number of COVID-19 cases are rising in the country, the government’s response and preparedness are intensifying accordingly. He said, dedicated healthcare centres and hospitals are being set up for critical cases. Mr. Aggrawal said, the Centre has told states to continue its focus on building hospitals and on surveillance and contact tracing. He also said, the country has sufficient stock of hydroxychloroquine.
Joint Secretary in the Home Ministry, Punya Salila Srivastava said, the cash benefits of one thousand to six thousand rupees have been announced by the Centre for registered construction workers. Under this, three thousand crore rupees have been given to two crore registered construction workers till now.
Head Scientist in Indian Council of Medical Research, Raman Gangakhedkar said, over one lakh 21 thousand tests for COVID-19 have been done so far.