909 coronavirus cases, 34 deaths reported in 24 hours: Ministry of Health

NEW DELHI: Up to 909 COVID-19s and 34 deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of such cases to 8,356 in the country, the Union Health Ministry said Sunday, while claiming that the government is extra prepared if there is an exponential increase in the number of patients.

In a press conference, the joint secretary of the Ministry of Health said that the government is expanding the testing capacity of COVID-19 in state and private medical schools.

The total number of COVID-19 cases has increased to 8,356. Since Saturday, a total of 909 new cases and 34 deaths have been reported. The good news is that 716 people have recovered and have been discharged so far. Seventy-four people have been healed since Saturday. The government is more prepared if the number of cases increases exponentially, he said.

We are urgently working to expand the capacity of COVID-19 testing in private and government medical schools across the country. Fourteen mentoring institutes, including AIIMS and NIMHANS, have been identified to guide medical colleges and expand testing for coronavirus capacity, Agarwal added.

According to ICMR officials, a total of 1.86,906 samples have been analyzed so far across the country, of which 7,953 have been positive for COVID-19.

Over the past five days, on average, 15,747 samples were analyzed per day and 584 of them tested positive per day, an official from the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) said at the press conference.

Responding to a question about vaccine development, he said: There are more than 40 candidate vaccines in development, but none of them has reached the next stage.

The Ministry of Health also reported that 20,000 train cars will be converted into isolation rooms.

In the first phase, 5,000 coaches are being converted, Agarwal said.

According to government spokesman KS Dhatwalia, the (GoM) Group approved the release of hydroxychloroquine to 13 countries after a stock assessment.