A total of 28,380 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the country so far. Out of the total cases, 6,361 patients have recovered and discharged from the hospitals while 886 patients have died. Briefing media in New Delhi, Health Ministry official said that recovery rate of patients is improving and now it stood at 22.17 per cent.
He said, 16 Districts in the country which earlier had cases, have not reported any fresh cases in the last 28 days. He said, three new districts which were added to this list are Gondia in Maharashtra, Devangere in Karnataka and Lakhi Sarai in Bihar. He also added, a total of 85 districts from 25 States and Union Territories have not reported any new case since the last 14 days.
He said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also interacted with the Chief Ministers of all the States through Video Conference in which he told the Chief Ministers of the states remain and cautious. The Prime Minister told Chief Ministers that the chain of transmission of the virus should be broken, strictly for districts falling in the red zone and orange zone. District administration of the Green Zone should focus on surveillance by being that so that new cases do not emerge.
The Health Ministry official said, due to stigma and fear, many times patients try to hide and avoid seeking timely treatment and this situation does not only bring harm to the patient but also harm to their family and to the whole society. He said, the battle is with disease and not with a person suffering from COVID-19.
He said, we have to understand that there is no risk of transmission from recovered patients and in fact, they can be a potential source of healing for antibodies using plasma therapy. He said, we should avoid spreading misinformation and panic. He also said that healthcare and sanitary workers or police should not be targeted as they are for helping the people.