PM Modi Announces A Special Contributory Fund Amid Looming Fears Of Coronavirus

PM Modi Announces A Special Contributory Fund Amid Looming Fears Of Coronavirus

PM Modi Announces A Special Contributory Fund Amid Looming Fears Of Coronavirus

The Centre asked the state governments and Union Territory administrations to utilise Rs 29,000 crore worth of State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) for providing food and shelter to migrant workers hit by the nationwide 21-day lockdown.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a special contributory fund, amid looming fears of the entire country entering the third stage of community transmission. Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar was one of the first to contribute Rs 25 crore to the Prime Minister’s new relief fund.

India on Saturday reported 179 fresh Covid-19 cases, the highest in a single day, taking the total count to 918. The death toll due to the highly contagious disease climbed to 19, as the government made efforts to increase healthcare infrastructure, including procurement of more ventilators.

The Indian Railways has manufactured a prototype of an isolation ward for treating coronavirus patients by converting non-air-conditioned train coaches into a sort of medical facility for patients.

The armed forces are keeping ready 28 service hospitals to provide treatment to Covid-19 patients apart from five hospitals which are carrying out laboratory tests for the infection.

The Union health ministry said out of a total 918 cases, 819 were active Covid-19 cases, while 79 people were either cured/discharged and one had migrated. According to the ministry, the total number of cases on Friday, a day earlier stood at 724.

“Till the time we see a significant number of cases to indicate community transmission, let us not over interpret things,” Raman R Gangakhedkar, head of the Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases at ICMR said.

According to the health ministry, deaths have been reported from Maharashtra (5), Gujarat (3), Karnataka (2), Madhya Pradesh (2) and one each from Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Punjab, Delhi, West Bengal, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh.

As per officials in Kerala, the state reported its first Covid-19 death on Saturday after a 69-year-old man being treated for the virus died at Ernakulam Medical College Hospital, but it was not included in the central data. Kerala has reported 187 positive cases.

The man was admitted to the isolation ward on March 22 after his return from Dubai, the government hospital said in a statement. Maharashtra has reported 210 cases including 25 who were cured and five deaths.

At a press briefing on the current Covid-19 situation in India, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Lav Agarwal said the government is working with states on health infrastructure preparedness and the focus is having dedicated Covid-19 hospitals and blocks in every states and arrangements are being made to ramp up isolation wards and ICU beds and other required logistics.

Seventeen states have so far started work on this, Agarwal said, adding doctors and nurses are being provided online training from AIIMS, New Delhi on the management of COVID-19 patients. A 24x7 national tele-consultation Centre at AIIMS has also been launched through which doctors in other hospitals and medical colleges will be provided clinical guidance.

According to officials, 111 government laboratories are currently functional across the country and with the private sector being roped in, it has been increased.