New Delhi: Fifty seven cases were reported from country on Friday – the most in one day – as the number of coronavirus cases crossed 250,000 across the globe. In Italy, the death toll from the virus has crossed 4,000. So far, 258 cases have been reported in the country around 44 percent of which 111 have come in the last three days.
India saw a big spike in COVID – 19 infections with 57 new cases being reported by state authorities and 50 by the health ministry on Friday – by far the highest in a single day – as several parts of the country began to feel the impact of the outbreak.
The Centre issued an advisory on Friday to all hospitals and medical education institutions – both public and private – asking them to set aside beds, prepare isolation facilities, procure sufficient numbers of ventilators, high flow oxygen mask and mobilize additional manpower to step up combat readiness to take on COVID – 19.
Health ministry officials said the government was taking focused steps to ramp up preparedness in terms of capacity building and procurement of essential items for hospitals so that they can treat COVID -19 patients.