Coronavirus cases in India rise to 724, death toll at 17

RSTV Bureau
Hyderabad: Visitors wear protective masks in wake of the deadly novel coronavirus, at Government Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad, Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Two people have tested positive for the coronavirus in India – one in Telangana and another in New Delhi – the Ministry of Health confirmed on Monday. (PTI Photo)

Hyderabad: Visitors wear protective masks in wake of the deadly novel coronavirus, at Government Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad, Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Two people have tested positive for the coronavirus in India – one in Telangana and another in New Delhi – the Ministry of Health confirmed on Monday. (PTI Photo)

Total number of confirmed cases of COVID 19 climbed to 724 including 47 foreign nationals. Health and Family Welfare Ministry has confirmed that 67 patients have been cured and discharged and 17 deaths have been reported in the country so far.

Indian Council of Medical Research said in a statement that more than 27 thousand samples from 26,798 individuals have been tested in the country.

A total number of 35 private laboratory chains have been given approval for testing of corona virus by the Indian Council of Medical Research. In addition, 121 government laboratories have been given permission for testing which have a capacity to test 12 thousand samples per day.

Indian Council of Medical Research today invited quotation for procurement of antibody kit, serological test, for diagnosis of Covid-19. ICMR has estimated tentative requirement of five lakh test kits for which the quotation has been invited from manufactures with India based suppliers.

(With inputs from agency)