From Our Bureau                       

10TH JUNE 2020

A total of 2,76,583 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the country so far and the death toll rose to 7,745 on Wednesday. 

During the last 24 hours, a total of 5,991 COVID-19 patients have been cured. Thus, so far, a total of 1,35,206 patients have been cured of COVID-19, while the total number of active cases is now 1,33,632. For the first time, the total number of recovered patients has exceeded the active cases. The recovery rate now stands at 48.88 percent amongst COVID-19 patients.

Also, the number of tests conducted by ICMR has exceeded 50 lakhs; it stands at 50,61,332 today. In the last 24 hours, ICMR has tested 1,45,216 samples. ICMR has continued to ramp up the testing capacity for detecting the Novel Corona virus in the infected persons. The number of government labs has been increased to 590 and private labs has been increased to 233 (a total of 823).

Central Teams are being deputed to provide technical support and handhold the State Health Departments and Municipal Health Officials to review public health measures being undertaken for COVID-19 in six cities of Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi and Bengaluru.

The teams will undertake visit to these cities within the next one week to review public health measures being undertaken for COVID-19. The teams will submit daily report of activities undertaken to State Health Department and the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. They will inform them regarding any issue of urgent importance and also submit a report of its observations and suggestions before concluding the visit.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued an order to all Health Care Organizations (HCOs) empanelled under CGHS, after reviewing the representations from CGHS beneficiaries regarding the difficulties in availing of treatment facilities at private hospitals / Diagnostic Centres empanelled under CGHS.

As per the Ministry order, all CGHS empanelled hospitals, which are notified as COVID-Hospitals by State Governments shall provide treatment facilities to CGHS beneficiaries as per the CGHS norms, for all COVID related treatments. Similarly, it is directed that all the CGHS empanelled hospitals, which are not notified as COVID Hospitals shall not deny treatment facilities / admission to CGHS beneficiaries and shall charge as per CGHS norms, for all other treatments. Action shall be taken in case of violation of the guidelines. (eom)

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