Coronavirus outbreak: there is a shortage of PPE kits, N95 masks, says Bihar's chief secretary

PATNA: Bihar (Health) chief secretary Sanjay Kumar said Sunday there is a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) kits and N95 masks in the state.

There is a shortage of EPP kits and N95 masks. We are in contact with the Center. Bihar Medical Service Infrastructure Corporation Limited is in contact with private agencies, which can supply it, he said.

Today we are getting 15,000 PPE kits. So as soon as we get it, we'll make it available to universities and medical districts. We have asked the Center for 5 lakh PPE kits. So far we have received 4,000, he said. .

Kumar said they have also requested the ICMR to open testing centers in Bhagalpur and Gaya.

He also said that attempts are being made to locate the 32 Markaz assistants at Nizamuddin in Delhi.

We are trying to track down the 32 Markaz attendees. Several people are also out of state. As the information becomes available to us, we are also testing them, he said as he spoke to reporters here.

Several people who attended the religious gathering in Delhi have tested positive for coronavirus, which has led to an increase in the number of cases in various states.

With 472 new Covid-19 cases and 11 deaths reported in the past 24 hours, the total number of positive coronavirus cases in the country has risen to 3,374, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said Sunday.