No need to worry about the availability of PPE: Ministry of Health

NEW DELHI: On Thursday, the Union's health ministry said there is no need to panic about the availability of Covid-19 (), but emphasized that they should be used rationally.

The joint secretary of the health ministry said in the daily briefing that 20 companies are manufacturing PPE in India and that PPE orders of Rs 1.7 million have already been shipped.

As of Wednesday, 540 cases of the infection and 17 deaths from it have been reported, he said.

The total number of Covid-19 cases in India is 5,734 and 166 people have died from the disease, he said.

According to an ICMR official, 1,30,000 samples for Covid-19 have been tested to date in the country.

You don't need to believe any rumors or be scared about PPE. Our guidelines state that not only must PPE be available, but it must be used rationally, Agarwal said.

(PPE) should be used as per requirements, and as I told you, I can wear four N95 skins in one day, or I can wear only one in one day. As the central government increases supplies to states, we are also asking them to use them rationally, he said.

49,000 fans have been ordered and are in supply, Agarwal said, reporting that 10 teams of COVID-19 specialists have been dispatched to nine states.

The official also said that India n Railways has produced around 6 lakh reusable masks and more than 4,000 liters of hand sanitizer.

It has also converted 3,250 coaches into Covid-19 isolation units with beds. A total of 5,000 coaches will be converted, Agarwal said.