Coronavirus cases cross 1,000 in India, 2 deaths reported

New Delhi: As India toay entered day-5 of its nationwide lockdown imposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in order to combat the deadly coronavirus, the number of those affected by the pandemic has reportedly crossed 1,000.
Fresh deaths have been reported from Ahmedbad and Srinagar, in Gujarat and Jammu & Kashmir, respectively. The disease has so far spread to 27 States and Union Territoriess.
A total of 103 districts have been affected by the highly contagious virus. Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry, said on Saturday that the Centre is working with state governments on health infrastructure preparedness, which involves focussing on building dedicated COVID hospitals and blocks and isolation beds and other logistics.
According to Agarwal, the Centre is also focussing on high disease-burden hotspots and closely coordinating with states to implement contact-tracing, surveillance and containment strategies. Seventeen states have started working on setting up dedicated COVID-19 hospitals.
The Health Ministry said doctors across the country are being trained on management of COVID-19 patients with the help of AIIMS, and a round-the-clock tele-consultation for doctors and medical students has been set up at AIIMS.
Meanwhile, in the Mann Ki Baat radio programme, aired at 11 am on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi focused on coronavirus pandemic.