Highlights of the Press Briefing by Ministry of Health on the actions taken, preparedness and updates on COVID-19 :
- Total no. of #COVID19 cases so far –
8,356 Since yesterday – additional 909 cases and 34 new deaths
A total of 273 people have passed away so far
- Good news is that 716 people have recovered and have been discharged so far. 74 people have been cured since yesterday.
- ~80% of cases are mild or asymptomatic, treated at #COVIDCareCentres Moderate cases are treated at #COVIDHealthCareCentres, critical cases at #COVIDHospitals Proper mapping is done so that transfer of patients to different care centres can be done as per need.
- Though no. of #COVID19 cases has increased from 979 on Mar 29 to 8,356 today, the no. of patients requiring oxygen support or critical care is around 20%. Govt. is over-prepared in managing the situation. No need for panic.
- 196 or ~20% of positive cases on Mar 29 required critical care/oxygen support, while ~42,000 dedicated COVID beds were available Today, 1,671 beds are required, we have more than 1.05 lakh dedicated #COVID19 beds in 601 dedicated hospitals
- As per the directions of the Prime Minister, the Government is taking extraordinary efforts in dealing with the extraordinary situation, the nation is well-prepared for any eventuality and is taking extra preparedness based on emerging situation
- Would like to highlight that the government is focusing on preparedness depending on evolving situation, we are increasing the no. of dedicated #COVIDHospitals and dedicated #COVID19 isolation beds. We are over-prepared.
- We are also focusing on properly orienting our health staff on various aspects of #COVID19 management, so that they don’t face any problems at field level. Trainings are being organized since last two months.
- #AIIMS Delhi has around 250 beds, including 70 ventilator beds. Safdarjung Hospital, Delhi has around 400 beds, where an entire block has been dedicated to treatment of #COVID19, functioning like a dedicated #COVIDHospital
- Here is a snapshot of various dedicated #COVIDHospitals across various states, as presented by Joint Secretary, @MoHFW_INDIA. A Special Medical Officer is being appointed for every dedicated hospital. Required equipment is being ensured in coordination with states
- Private sector too is being involved and dedicated #COVIDHospitals are being set up in the private sector too
- 9,000 #COVID19 beds have been identified in military hospitals, with capability to augment this by 7,000
- Ordnance Factory Board has manufactured 50 specialized water-proof tents in Arunachal Pradesh, so that we are able to serve people in far-flung areas of the country as well and provide required medical facilities to them
- Our public sector units too are working in every possible way in contributing to the fight against #COVID2019
- #IndianRailways is working on converting 20,000 coaches into isolation coaches, out of which 5,000 coaches are being converted in first phase.
- Based on discussions at the level of Health Minister and Home Minister, we are working on an urgent basis to expand our capacity for #COVID19 testing in Government and private medical colleges across the country.
- To expand #COVID19 testing capacity, we have identified 14 mentor institutes such as AIIMS and NIMHANS, these institutes will mentor other government and private medical colleges and expand the capacity.
- Our efforts are focussed on proper clinical management of positive patients, contact tracing and foolproof implementation of containment strategy.
- Recent resurgence of positive #COVID19 cases in China, Japan and Korea is a cause of concern for us too; we should therefore ensure that we continue to follow our containment and social distancing measures as we have been doing so far.
- Irrespective of lockdown or not, it is very important that we adopt a behavioural change and focus on #SocialDistancing, as it is an important component of managing #COVID2019 which is an infectious disease
- We once again request the cooperation of common citizens, especially through following #SocialDistancing – which is the social vaccine against #COVID2019