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- According to the health ministry, 80 per cent of Covid-19 cases have mild symptoms, while only 20 per cent need ICU support in the country
- India’s Covid-19 tally has increased to 8,356 on Sunday, while 716 have recovered and discharged
- 20,000 railways coaches will be converted in dedicated Covid-19 wards for isolation, says the health ministry
New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry on Sunday said that 80 per cent positive cases of coronavirus have mild symptoms and they are being treated at dedicated Covid care centres, while those have moderate symptoms are being treated at centres with respiratory support and critical patients are being treated at dedicated hospitals.
“On March 29, we had 979 positive cases, now we’ve 8,356 positive cases; of these 20 per cent cases need Intensive Care Unit (ICU) support. So, today too 1671 patients need oxygen support and critical care treatment. This figure is imp to show that the government is planning things in being over-prepared,” said Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry.
With 909 fresh cases of Covid-19, the total number of infections in the country has reached 8,356, while the death toll has increased to 273, confirmed the health ministry. As many as 716 people have been discharged from the hospital after recovering from the disease.
Currently, India has a capacity of around 1,05,000 beds in 601 hospitals dedicated to Covid-19 patients, informed the health ministry. “As per April 9 data, if we needed 1,100 beds we had 85,000 beds. Today when we need 1,671 beds, then we have 1,05,000 beds in the dedicated 601 COVID-19 hospitals,” said Agarwal.
Meanwhile, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has said that 219 testing facilities have been set up across the country including 151 government labs and 68 private sector laboratories. As of now, 1,86,000 have been tested. In the last five days, the average number of samples that have tested positive per day is 584.
The health ministry further stated that 20,000 railways coaches will be converted in dedicated Covid-19 wards for isolation to accommodate more patients if needed.
Dedicated COVID-19 hospitals
Assuring people that there’s no need to panic, the health ministry said the government is well prepared to deal with any kind of situation in view of the rising number of Covid-19 patients in the country.
AIIMS Delhi has 250 beds, 50 ICU beds, some beds have high dependence units. Safdarjung hospital in Delhi has 500 beds. 444 additional beds have been provided in the state, said the ministry.
“Tamil Nadu will have a soon 350-bed hospital which will soon be expanded to 500-bed capacity, Ahmedabad, Kozhikode, Cuttak, and Bhubaneswar also have dedicated Covid-19 hospitals,” it added.
With extension likely to be extended for another two weeks, the Ministry of Home Affairs reassured the country of smooth and hassle-free supply of essential commodities in all states and union territories.
“The situation regarding essential commodities is under control in the MHA control room, officials of Ministries of Civil Aviation, Consumer Affairs, and Railways have been working in coordination with states to resolve logistics problems,” said Punya Salila Srivastava, Joint Secretary, MHA.