New Delhi, May 8 : India recorded 3,390 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, taking the total number to 56,342, while 16,540 people have been cured so far.
Addressing the daily press conference, Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary of Health Ministry said that total 37,916 cases were under active supervision and 1273 persons cured in the last 24 hours with 29.36 percent recovery rate. “The recovery rate is continuously increasing which currently means that almost 1 out of every 3 patients who were hospitalised has been recovered or cured.
The total number of confirmed cases is now 56,342. Since yesterday, an increase of 3390 has been noted in the number of COVID-19 confirmed cases in India. It is noted that on an average, 3.2 per cent patients are on oxygen support, 4.7 per cent of patients are in ICU, and 1.1 per cent patients are on ventilator support”, he added.
Mr Agarwal said that some states have witnessed a rise in cases during the last few days. “Need to strengthen containment efforts to stop the rise, along with proper adherence to measures such as physical distancing at field level”, he stressed. The official, however, said that there are 216 districts which have not reported any cases till date. “As many as 42 districts have seen no fresh cases in the last 28 days, while 29 districts have seen no fresh cases in the last 21 days. A total of 36 districts have seen no fresh cases in the last 14 days, and 46 districts have seen no fresh cases in the last 7 days”, he added.
Referring to the migrant workers, the Health Ministry official said that when migrant workers return to their home states, it is essential that all guidelines and precautions regarding infection prevention and management are to be followed. “We request workers to understand that this is for their own benefit, their people, village and city”, he added. The officials also said that Railways has operated 222 special trains which have ferried more than 2.5 lakh people. “Efforts are being made to bring back stranded Indians abroad in a phased manner, the process has started from May 7”, they said and added, “Indians stranded abroad should register at the respective Indian Embassy/High Commission. “Passengers are required to give an undertaking that they would undergo mandatory 14-day institutional quarantine on a payment basis, upon arrival at the destination”, they said. Mr Agarwal further stated that the Health Ministry has issued additional guidelines for facility quarantine, isolation of returnees from abroad / contacts / isolation of suspects or confirmed cases in private facilities like hotels, service apartments, lodges etc. He said the Indian Railways has converted 5231 coaches to COVID care centers and will be placed at 215 identified stations. “This will be used for the cases suspected, confirmed, and very mild, mild as per guidelines issued by the Health Ministry'', he said and added that “maximum of two persons will be housed in one cabin; healthcare staff will be given by Railways in 85 stations; in other 130 stations, the state will provide staff and essential medicines”. The Health Ministry official also informed Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health NEW DELHI, MAY 8 (UNI):- Delhi police jawans patrolling during the nationwide lockdown to prevent the coronavirus, in New Delhi on Friday.