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Coronavirus pandemic: 106 new COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths reported from 6 states in last 24 hours by Health Ministry

Joint Secretary in the ministry, Lav Agarwal said till now, there are 979 confirmed coronavirus cases in the country, including 25 deaths.

March 29, 2020 / 06:59 PM IST
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The health ministry, on March 29 said 106 new COVID-19 cases and six deaths were reported from six states in the last 24 hours.

Joint Secretary in the ministry, Lav Agarwal said till now, there are 979 confirmed coronavirus cases in the country, including 25 deaths.

Raman Gangakhedkar of the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) said till March 29, 34,931 tests were conducted for the contagion.

"Capacity utilisation in the ICMR network is around 30 per cent. We have increased the number of laboratories, 113 have been made functional and 47 private laboratories have been given the approval to conduct COVID-19 tests" he said.

Joint Secretary in the Home Ministry, - said employers must be instructed to give full wages to workers on the due date without any deduction for the closed-down period and landlords cannot charge rent for this period.

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She also said the workers cannot be forced to vacate the premises.

"The SPs and DMs will be held personally responsible for its strict implementation" Srivastava said, referring to the orders issued to stop the mass exodus of migrant workers.

She also said that the states were instructed to seal the borders.

Agarwal said the ongoing 21-day lock-down has resulted in some behavioral, mental health issues and NIMHANS has launched a toll-free number - 08046110007 - for consultation.

Asked to provide the number of patients presently on ventilator, he said that data was being monitored at the state level.
PTI
first published: Mar 29, 2020 06:49 pm

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