New Delhi, Apr 24: The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in India reached to 23,077 and the death toll mounted to 718 on Friday morning, while a spike in cases were witnessed in the national capital following trials of plasma therapy.
The active cases in the country at present are 17,610 with the increase of 921 since Thursday evening. However, the number of cured and discharged cases have increased to 4,748 pan India, the Health Ministry data said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the Coronavirus crisis has taught India the need to be self-reliant to tackle such challenges. In a video interaction, the PM said, "The Coronavirus Pandemic has made us realise that becoming self-reliant is the key requirement to tackle such challenges. Coronavirus crisis has set so many challenges for us."
Notably, Mr Modi had a telephone conversation with his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong and exchanged views on the health and economic challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. "Both leaders stressed the importance of the India-Singapore Strategic Partnership in the present context. They agreed to work together to address the present and future challenges posed by COVID-19", a statement said. India's response to the Coronavirus pandemic has been "proactive, pre-emptive and graded" in handling the situation arising out of the COVID-19 outbreak, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has said.
"We have in all 2,033 dedicated facilities in the country with more than 1,90,000 isolation beds, more than 24,000 ICU beds and more than 12,000 ventilators. All these facilities have been organised within the last three months,” he said. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said the initial results of the use of plasma therapy in the treatment of four critical COVID-19 patients in Delhi have given encouraging results and said that more clinical trials of the therapy will be conducted in next 2-3 days. Across the nation, the maximum cases and casualties have been reported in the state of Maharashtra with the number climbing to 6,430 and 283 deaths reported so far. Gujarat, which is now the state with second highest number of COVID cases since a couple of days, has witnessed rapid increase in the numbers within the last three days time where the figure now stands at 2624 positive cases and a total of 112 deaths. Cases in the National Capital have also increased where the number is 2376 with 50 casualties, while Rajasthan now houses a total of 1,964 cases and 27 deaths so far. Madhya Pradesh now has 1,699 cases with 83 deaths, Tamil Nadu-- 1683 with 20 casualties and in Uttar Pradesh, the number stands at 1,510 with 24 deaths. (UNI)