Has the nation-wide lockdown helped India fight the deadly Coronavirus?
Yes, say the latest reports that cite the Ministry of Health latest data.
As per the latest reports, the COVID-19 curve is likely flattened in India compared to the developed nations that are reporting worst incidents.
In comparison, the developed nations saw a whopping rise between 3,500-8,000 in the same timeframe.
This clearly shows the level of defense that India could show in containing the novel coronavirus outbreak.
“These are all developed nations and the population is less than India. We have been able to restrict the number of cases because of our social distancing norms followed by the people and the pre-emptive approach of government. But, at the same time, we cannot be complacent and reduce our level of alertness,” says India’s Joint Health Secretary Lav Agarwal.
As per the Ministry data, the country has seen 92 new cases in the last 24 hours and is in the process of finding hotspots for the virus outbreak.
“The criteria is the number of cases. Even if not large number of cases, these spots are where there is a large density of population and we feel a large number of cases may be reported. After identifying these hot spots, we have specific strategy so that cases don’t spread from that area,” says Agarwal.
Demand for More COVID-19 PPE Kits
Fighting out the criticism over lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), the Health Ministry clarified that they were making immediate plans to get more N-95 masks, goggles, gowns and more essentials.
For this, the government has reportedly found suppliers from China, Korea and Singapore for acquiring various medical equipment.
As of now, the country has 334,000 PPEs in various hospitals across the country, while 60,000 kits have already been procured and supplied.
Meanwhile, Indian Red Cross Society has procured and distributed 10,000 PPEs from China.
Moreover, more than 300,000 PPE coveralls are expected to arrive by April 04, 2020.
The Ministry of External Affairs has reportedly placed an order for 1 million PPE kits from a Singapore-based online platform.
Another supplier has also been identified from Korea, with tie-ups with Vietnam and Turkish companies, with production capacity of delivering 100,000 PPE kits.
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