New Delhi, Apr 8: As the second week of nationwide lockdown to arrest the spread of Covid-19 completed on Tuesday, as many as 508 fresh cases and 13 more deaths surfaced in last 24 hours taking the total to 4,789 while casualties to 124, with the government announcing three types of facilities to treat different levels of Covid patients.
As per the latest guidelines, the three type of facilities earmarked to treat Covid patients includes COVID Care Center (CCC) for mild or suspect cases, Dedicated COVID Health Centre (DCHC) for moderate cases while Dedicated COVID Hospital (DCH) for severe ones. Importantly, a Group of Ministers (GoM), under the leadership of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, after taking stock of the situation, recommended to the Union Government enhanced testing to arrest the spread of novel coronavirus as the number continues to rise day-by-day.
The Health Ministry put forward a study by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) which suggests that one COVID-19 patient can infect 406 people in 30 days if he/she doesn't follow lockdown, or social distancing. As the nation will enter the third and final week of lockdown from Wednesday, several chief ministers including that of Madhya Pradesh, Telangana asked the Union Government to enhance the lockdown as the risk of widespread infection still continues. The government, as per several media reports, have hinted that they are thinking on the matter. Meanwhile, Telangana High Court ordered extended lockdown till April 30 while Kerala Health Minister stated that restriction will continue even after April 14. The Health Ministry issued an alert to all Zoos to isolate and quarantine sick animals as a Tiger in the US has died from Coronavirus. Maharashtra continues to remain the worst-affected with 868 cases, 120 new cases and seven more deaths appearing in past 24 hrs. The death toll stands at 48. Dharavi, the Asia's largest slum in Mumbai, has become a matter of concern as two more people residing in the slum tested positive for Covid. This brings the total cases in Dharavi to 7 so far. In Rajasthan, 24 new Covid-19 positive cases were reported with maximum nine cases from Jodhpur. The total number of cases in the state has risen to 325. In Gujarat, the total cases jumped to 165 on Tuesday, with 19 more people testing positive. Of the new cases, 13 were reported from Ahmedabad. Twelve more Covid-19 cases have been found in Bhopal, taking the number of such cases in Madhya Pradesh to 268. Among the new patients, seven are police personnel and their family members, and five health department employees. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejiwal unveiled a new strategy called '5T plan' to contain the spread of Coronavirus as 576 cases, the third largest in the country, are registered in the National Capital. (UNI)