Dispelling fears over the daily increase in the number of COVID-19 positive cases in the country, the Government on Sunday said it has always been ahead of the challenge.
“We are over-prepared in managing the COVID 19 situation in the country,” said Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secretary to the Ministry of Health.
Presenting data to show that the country has been consistently increasing capacities on various fronts to stay ahead of the curve in tackling the pandemic, he said, “On March 29, 196 or 20% of the total 979 cases then required critical care or oxygen support, while 12,000 dedicated COVID-19 beds were available. Today, 1,671 beds are required we have more than 1.05 lakh beds dedicated in 601 COVID 19 hospitals.”
The Government is also working on expanding testing capacity in the country. It has identified 14 institutes like AIIMS and NIMHANS to mentor medical colleges and expand COVID-19 testing capacities.
Meanwhile, according to the Indian Council for Medical Research, in the last 5 days, on an average 15, 747 samples were tested every day. Of these, 584 were found positive.