Addressing the media briefing on Sunday the government expressed concern over the resurgence of COVID-19. The resurgence of COVID-19 in countries like China, Japan, and South Korea is a big concern. These countries were amongst the earliest to face the ‘pandemic’ and are now moving towards ‘flattening’ the curve.
“The recent resurgence of positive COVID-19 cases in China, Japan and Korea is a cause of concern for us too. We should, therefore, ensure that we continue to follow our containment and social-distancing measures as we have been doing so far. Irrespective of the lockdown, it is important that we adopt a behavioral change and focus on social distancing, as it is an important component of managing the infectious disease”, said Joint Secretary in the ministry of health Lav Agarwal.
In his briefing on Sunday, Mr. Agarwal said that around 909 COVID-19 cases and 34 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours. The number of patients has now crossed the 9,000 mark. The number of deaths are closing in on 350. Around 1,109 people have recovered. At this stage, the focus is on boosting testing as far as possible.
“We are working on an urgent basis to expand the capacity for COVID-19 testing in government and private medical colleges across the country. Fourteen mentor institutes, including the AIIMS and NIMHANS, have been identified to mentor the medical colleges and expand the coronavirus testing capacity”, added Mr. Agarwal.