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Monday, April 06, 2020

Required: 27 million N95 masks

Required: 27 million N95 masks

Estimating a spike in demand for personal protective equipment and diagnostic kits in the fight against COVID-19, the central government has calculated that the country will require about 27 million N95 masks, 15 million PPEs, 1.6 million diagnostic kits, and 50,000 ventilators in next two months, The Indian Express has learnt. According to sources, this was conveyed to industry representatives during a meeting on April 3 of the empowered group of officials on “coordinating with private sector, NGOs and international organisations”, which is headed by the NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant. Globally, nearly 70,000 people have died, while over 1.25 million have been tested positive. In India, there are 4,067 confirmed cases and 109 deaths.