Bengaluru, Mar 25: Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwath Narayana on Wednesday said that Karnataka must prepare itself for handling at least one lakh coronavirus patients after the state witnessed its second death.
"It is estimated that one lakh people would be tested positive for COVID-19. So all preparations are being done to handle it. We have already placed orders for 1,000 ventilators," the minister told media persons on here. "So far we have not had any patient in the state who needed ventilator. Patients are getting better with routine treatment," he added.
The minister's statement came a day after Dr Devi Shetty, founder of the multi-specialty chain of hospitals Narayana Health, said in an exclusive conversation with CNBC-TV18 that Karnataka alone was likely to have a minimum of 80,000 COVID-19 cases. The deputy CM also said that the government has decided to open 20,000 hotel rooms for quarantine facility. In addition to this, the state had announced that it had placed orders for 15 lakh masks. (UNI)