Coronavirus Outbreak: COVID-19 Cases Rise To 4,421 In India; 354 Reported Since Monday, Says Health Ministry (Photo Credit: File Image)
The Health Ministry on Tuesday informed that 354 positive patients have been reported in India in last 24 hours taking the total toll of cases to 4,421. The ministry also said that 326 persons discharged after recovery till now. While addressing the media, Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry said that the government has been adopting a strategy for cluster containment and for outbreaks that are amenable to management. This strategy is producing positive results, especially in Agra, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Pathanamthitta, Bhilwara & East Delhi.
"Indian Railways has prepared 40,000 isolation beds in 2,500 coaches. They are making 375 isolation beds daily and this is going on across 133 locations across the country," Lav Agggarwal said. An official from Home Ministry also addressed the media and informed that the status of essential goods and services is by and large satisfactory. "Home Minister did a detailed review of the status of essential commodities & lockdown measures, he gave directions to take appropriate measures and ensure hoarding and black marketing is not done," PS Srivastav said.
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday that the number of Corona positive persons in the state was 308, which includes 168 Tablighi Jamaat returnees in the state. The Chief Minister, who had chaired a meeting at his official residence earlier in the day to review measures to tackle the coronavirus pandemic in the state, said: "We have decided that in every district hospital of divisional headquarters, we will establish corona testing labs and we have formed a committee to give this step a vital boost. We have 24 government medical colleges in the state, out of which 10 have testing labs and I have given orders to upgrade the rest of them so that testing can be done."
Adityanath, on Sunday, had sought the cooperation of various religious leaders in the battle against coronavirus, saying the deadly disease does not distinguish between religions and hence it is necessary that everyone fights against it together. In the video conference with the leaders, he had mentioned the Tablighi Jamaat event, which has emerged as the biggest hotspot of the virus in the country. He urged the leaders to play an important role in spreading the correct information about Covid-19.