Advising against stigmatising COVID-19 patients and health workers, the Health Ministry Friday said that the fight against the virus is fight of the society as a whole. Stating that those who have recovered from the disease are not infectious, Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said the stigma keeps people with symptoms away from treatment for longer time.
The health ministry said a record number of 60 COVID-19 patients had died in India in the last 24 hours. With 1,396 new coronavirus cases reported in the same span, India’s tally stands at 28,380 and toll at 886, Agarwal said. Out of the total, 21,132 are active, 6,362 patients have recovered. Sixteen districts, which earlier had COVID-19 cases, have not reported any fresh case in the last 28 days, Agarwal added.
Following Monday’s meeting of Chief Ministers with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, sources have told The Indian Express that the lockdown will be extended in the hotspots, while restrictions will be eased in districts not affected by the infection. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik wanted the lockdown to be extended by one more month. According to sources, Patnaik who led the chorus for extension of lockdown said it has to be extended on May 3 to June 3. Sources said at least two states backed him.
The official death toll from the virus hit 206,000 worldwide, with over 2.9 million reported infections