With 19,357 people of the 62,939 coronavirus cases cured in India, the recovery rate in the country stood at 30.76 per cent. As many as 1511 patients were cured in the last 24 hours, an official release said.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have another video conference with the Chief Ministers on Monday. This is the fifth meeting the Prime Minister is holding after the Lock down was announced in the country. The Prime Minister is likely to discuss with the Chief Minister’s about easing of the lock down, which is to end on May 17. With Health experts pointing out remote chances of eradicating the coronavirus at the earliest, the discussion would focus on resuming the country to normalcy without allowing the spread of the deadly virus.
The Centre said that 7740 facilities in 483 districts have been identified in the States and Union territories for the treatment of Coronavirus. The official release said that 656769 isolation beds, 305567 beds for confirmed cases, 351204 beds for suspected cases, 99492 Oxygen supported beds, 1696 facilities with Oxygen manifold and 34076 ICU beds are in place.
The centre also approved procurement of a high throughput machine as per the recommendations of Empowered Group 2 for testing of Coronavirus. The decision was taken in view of the need for further increasing the testing capacity at National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). The testing capacity at NCDC now is about 300-350 tests per day. Around 1200 samples could be tested in 24 hours with Cobas 6800, which is a high throughput machine.
Meanwhile, the State Governments has asked the Centre to step up economic activities in a calibrated manner even as protection is needed from Coronavirus. The State Chief Secretaries raised the point with the centre during the video conference with Cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba.
The meeting discussed the situation in the states and also the measures to be taken in the coming days. Noting that more than 350 Shramik special trains have carried 3.5 lakh migrant workers, the Cabinet Secretary asked the states to cooperate with railways in running of more such trains.
Gauba also asked the state governments to take special care of those returning from abroad. He also emphasised that movements of doctors, nurses and paramedics should be totally unhindered and all steps be taken to facilitate and protect Corona Warriors.