The Hush Post| 8:10 pm| one-minute-read|
Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agrawal has said that 328 new cases of the novel coronavirus and 12 new deaths have been reported since Wednesday. About 400 COVID-19 positive cases have been found whose epidemiological linkage can be traced to the Tablighi Jamaat cluster, the health ministry said on Thursday.
He said 1,965 coronavirus cases have been reported so far in India.
“Yesterday, the cabinet secretary through video conferencing with chief secretaries and DGPs asked them to initiate intensive contact tracing of Tablighi Jamaat participants and implement containment measures on war-footing,” Agrawal said.
After contact tracing and subsequent sampling, about 400 positive COVID-19 cases have been traced whose epidemiological linkage can be traced to the Tablighi Jamaat cluster, he said.
This includes 173 from Tamil Nadu, nine from Andaman and Nicobar Islands, 11 from Rajasthan, two from Puducherry, 47 from Delhi, 21 from Jammu and Kashmir, 33 from Telengana, 67 from Andhra Pradesh and 17 from Assam.
These numbers are increasing as more samples are being tested, Agrawal said.
Regarding the Dharavi COVID-19 positive case, Agarwal said the building there has been sealed and sample collection and contact tracing is going on as per protocol.
The joint secretary said that the prime minister has urged states to manage the coronavirus crisis at the district level.
Orders have been placed for more than 1.5 crore personal protective equipment (PPEs) and supply has already started. He said that domestic manufacturing of N-95 masks has been stepped up.