The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, pandemic has spread across 185 countries and territories. Today is the twenty-fourth day of India’s nationwide lockdown, which has been extended till May 3. Confirmed COVID-19 cases in India stand at 13,387. The death toll from the outbreak in India is at 437. Maharashtra, Delhi and Tamil Nadu have reported the highest number of cases.
Government has said that 325 districts in the country have not reported any coronavirus case so far because of actions initiated at the field level. There are 27 other districts also where no positive case has been reported since last 14 days. As per the Health Ministry data, 1320 fresh confirmed cases of COVID- 19 have been reported in the last 24 hours. As many as 1515 patients have recovered and discharged from the hospitals while 420 patients have died so far.
Briefing media in New Delhi, an official from Health Ministry said the implementation of containment strategies in some districts which had earlier reported COVID-19 cases, have yielded positive results. One of them is, Mahe district of Puducherry which has reported no case since last 28 days. He also said the Union Health Minister held a video conference with health functionaries and field officers of World Health Organisation, in which a micro-plan for clusters and outbreak containment of COVID-19 at district-level was discussed. He said, an action plan has been prepared on strengthening the country’s ongoing surveillance by utilizing the services of WHO’s national polio surveillance network team. He also informed that the Health Minister has held an interaction with industry leaders and assured that their concerns will be addressed. The Health official informed an advisory for safe drinking water practices during lockdown has been issued and the Public health department has been advised to augment water supplies with special focus on relief camps and for vulnerable sections of the society.