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The health ministry said that seven patients have been discharged and a plane to bring back stranded Indians from Italy will leave Saturday.
Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal said seven more coronavirus patients have been cured and conditions of 71 are 'clinically stable'.
With a 76-year-old Karnataka man being confirmed as India’s first COVID-19 fatality, the government has stepped up efforts to contain the outbreak.
The Disaster Management Act, 2005, and the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 are innovative, but they still fall short of comprehensibly dealing with outbreaks.
In the wake of coronavirus being declared a pandemic by the WHO, ministry officials said developing a vaccine will take at least one-and-a-half to two years.
The fresh cases include nine from Maharashtra, and one each from Delhi, Ladakh and Uttar Pradesh as well as one foreign national.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan spoke to some of the infected patients admitted at Medanta and Safdarjung hospitals via video calls on Tuesday.
The health ministry also asked the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Jhajjar to augment its isolation bed capacity to 125 from the existing 25.
India now has 28 confirmed coronavirus cases. In recent months, the relationship between the Centre and the states has seen a breakdown over several issues.
India now has six confirmed cases of coronavirus. PM Modi has asked people to not “panic” and said “different ministries and states were working together”.