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India reports 84 confirmed Coronavirus cases, Govt prepared to address pandemic

Special Secretary in the Union Health Ministry Sanjeeva Kumar has said that India has 84 confirmed Coronavirus cases as on today. Of these, 10 are fully recovered and discharged from various hospitals. However, he said, over 4,000 are under surveillance who came in contact with the Coronavirus positive cases.

He also said, efforts are on to identify further contacts. Mr Kumar briefed the media on various measures taken by the Government to manage the pandemic in the country. Mr Kumar said, India has two deaths due to Coronavirus and its co-morbidity.

He further said, Mahan Airlines is fetching a group of Indians from Iran to Mumbai, tonight. Similarly, a special Air India flight will be sent to Milan to bring the stranded Indian students from Italy.

The Special Secretary said, the government has extended facility of COVID-19 testing laboratories to 52 in the country.

The Centre today said that it will treat the Novel Coronavirus outbreak as a notified disaster for the purpose of providing assistance under the State Disaster Response Fund, SDRF. World Health Organization, WHO has already declared Coronavirus as a pandemic.

The Home Ministry, in a letter to State Chief Secretaries, said, in case of procurement of essential equipment, the expenditure will be incurred only from the SDRF and not the National Disaster Response Fund, NDRF. The total expenditure on equipment should not exceed 10 per cent of the annual allocation of the SDRF.

With regard to the measures for quarantine, sample collection and screening, the State Executive Committee will decide the number of quarantine camps, their duration and the number of persons in such camps. Medical camps may also be provided by National Health Mission.

World Wide Impact

With the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) affecting more than 145,000 people worldwide and claiming the lives of over 5,400 people, a growing number of countries have ramped up their efforts to stem the outbreak. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has now declared Europe as the “epicentre” of the coronavirus pandemic as several European countries reported steep rises in infections and death. While Italy, the second worst-affected country, reported 1,266 deaths so far, Spain reported a 50 per cent jump in fatalities to 120. France and Germany have also witnessed a significant jump in the number of cases and deaths. Elsewhere in the United States, President Donald Trump has declared a state of emergency, declaring that “we will defeat this threat”.

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