Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Photo Credit: PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold video conferencing will all chief ministers tomorrow over COVID-19. This will be PM Modiâs second conference with chief ministers after the outbreak of novel coronavirus in India. India reported 240 new Covid-19 cases since Tuesday night, with the number rising to 1,637 by 9 am on Wednesday, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said. The count rose to 38.
The Delhi government and police have evacuated 2,361 persons from the Nizamuddin Markaz that is believed to have been the source of dozens of Covid-19 infections across the country. Several cases of Covid-19 in Delhi as well as in other states have been traced to a congregation held there last month. Many state governments are trying to trace the people who returned after attending the event.
Over 5,000 people in Maharashtra have been quarantined so far as they were in close contact with 162 COVID-19 patients in the state, Health Minister Rajesh Tope said here on Wednesday. Speaking to reporters, Tope said that 5343 people have been identified as high risk contact, because they were in close contact with the 162 COVID-19 positive patients in the state
"We have quarantined these ''high risk contact'' people as they are likely to be infected or are carriers of the coronavirus infection, he said.
It is a clear indication that more people will test positive for coronavirus in coming days, the minister said. Around 4,000 heath department staffers have been deputed for surveillance and follow up of these people, he said.
(With agency inputs)