Coronavirus LIVE: India can now make over 200,000 PPE, N-95 masks per day

BS Web Team  | New Delhi

Last Updated at May 6, 2020 11:21 IST

Coronavirus India updates: With 2,958 new cases in 24 hours, the total number of coronavirus cases in India has reached 49,436. And with 126 more people have lost their lives to the infection, the country’s death toll at present is 1,695, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. India is set to bring back around 250,000 citizens from across the world.

People outside a liquor shop at Chander Nagar in East Delhi on Monday. The Delhi government is set to charge 70% more tax on liquor from Tuesday.

Maharashtra, the most affected state in India, now has 15,525 corona cases, with an addition of 986 on May 5. Tamil Nadu, which recently witnessed a sudden surge in the number of cases, now has 4,058 cases. It again saw more than 500 cases in a single day on Tuesday. Telangana decided to extend its lockdown till May 27 and the Karnataka government asked Indian Railways to cancel all trains that were to ferry migrant workers to their home towns.

Coronavirus world update: The global tally of coronavirus infections currently stands at 3,728,047, and 258,356 people have succumbed to the infection so far.

Domestic manufacturers can produce 2.5 lakh PPE, 2 lakh N-95 masks per day, GoM informed

Domestic manufacturers have reached the capacity of producing nearly 2.5 lakh PPE and 2 lakh N-95 masks per day which is sufficient to meet the country’s requirement in dealing with the novel coronavirus pandemic in the near future, the Group of Ministers (GoM) on COVID-19 has been informed. The GoM, which held its 14th meeting under the chairmanship of Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday, discussed various aspects pertaining to the performance, impact, and benefits of the Aarogya Setu application.

It also highlighted the need for ensuring stringent measures for quality control of personal protection equipment (PPE), masks, ventilators among others.

The GoM was informed that close to 9 crore users had downloaded the Aarogya Setu app as on May 4.

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“People have informed about their health status on the application which has helped in tracing those suffering with any symptoms for COVID-19 containment, a statement from the health ministry said.

The GoM was also informed that a mechanism has been devised to reach out to the people who have a landline or featured phones through Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) in local languages for better results,” it said.

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