New Delhi, Mar 26: Seventeen states have earmarked hospitals for dedicated treatment of Coronavirus patients, the Health Ministry said on Thursday. "On our request, work has started in around 17 states for COVID-19 dedicated hospitals," Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry said in a press briefing.
Updating the latest figures, he said 43 fresh cases and four deaths related to COVID-19 have been reported in the past 24 hours taking the total number of cases to 649. Of the total 649 COVID-19 cases in the country, there had been 13 deaths reported so far. Admitting that the number of COVID cases was increasing, he said, "The rate at which they are increasing appears to be relatively stabilising. However, this is only the initial trend."
On whether India has entered the third phase of the deadly infection, Agarwal maintained that "there is still no hard evidence to say there has been community transmission of coronavirus in India". "Community transmission phase of COVID-19 will start if the community and we (the government) don't work collectively and follow guidelines. But it would never happen in India if we follow social distancing and treatment properly," he added.(UNI)