1.7 cr PPEs, 49,000 ventilators ordered: Centre
April 09, 2020  16:20
Union Health Ministry briefs the media in Delhi on the Coronavirus pandemic: 

-- 473 people recovered and discharged from the hospital so far. Total 5734 confirmed cases reported in the country till date, 549 new cases in the last 24 hours. 166 deaths have been reported till date, 17 deaths since yesterday, says Lav Agrawal, Joint Secy, Ministry of Health.

-- Under 'Adopt a Family' campaign in Karnal (Haryana), 13000 needy families are being given help of Rs 64 lakh.

-- Supplies of PPEs, masks, and ventilators have now begun. 20 domestic manufacturers in India have been developed for PPEs, orders for 1.7 crore PPEs have been placed and the supplies have begun. 49,000 ventilators have been ordered.

-- Railways have deployed more than 2,500 doctors and 35,000 paramedic staff. Their chain of 586 health units, 45 sub divisional hospitals, 56 divisional hospitals, 8 production unit hospitals and 16 zonal hospitals are dedicating their significant facilities to fight COVID19.

Image: Nuns stitch face masks for the poor and needy in Patna. Pic: ANI 
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