AGENCIES, New Delhi: Seventy-five people have died in India after being infected with novel coronavirus or COVID-19, the Union Health Ministry said on Saturday. The country has also witnessed an unprecedented spike in number of cases i.e. 601 and 12 deaths in the last 24 hours. The fresh cases take the total to 3,902 in India.
The sudden rise in the number of cases across India over the last week has been linked to the controversial religious gathering held by Islamic group Tablighi Jamaat in south Delhi in March.
Maharashtra, has registered over 490 cases of the highly contagious disease, followed by Delhi 445, Tamil Nadu 411 and Kerala with 295 cases. Meanwhile, Maharashtra has recorded 26 deaths so far. The Uttar Pradesh government has filed charges against some members of the Tablighi Jamaat under the strict National Security Act. Uttar Pradesh has registered 174 cases so far in the novel coronavirus.
Now, at a time when the country is facing a severe shortage of masks, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and gloves which are required by the frontline warriors in the fight against COVID-19, the Ministry of Health, India, has come out with an advisory on the use of homemade protective cover for face and mouth. These masks are especially suggested for such people who are not suffering from medical conditions or having breathing difficulties. They may use the handmade reusable face cover, particularly when they step out of their house.
The Health Ministry advisory has advised that two sets of such face covers be made so that one can be washed while the other is used. Hand washing would still remain essential criteria and hand should be washed before wearing the face cover. Such face covers should also not be thrown anywhere but kept safely, washed properly with soap and hot water and dried properly before they are used.
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Recently, the Ministry of Science and Technology had issued a manual of instructions on how to make homemade masks in a bid to counter shortages or for those who lack access.
Meanwhile, Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa said the state has no COVID-19 patients on the ventilator. He also said that there are enough PPE kits in the state and they have placed an order for 9 lakhs PPE kits, of which 1 lakh have already been delivered.
Globally, the coronavirus cases have crossed one million and the death toll has crossed 52,000. The United States had the most confirmed cases of any country.