New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In a major relief for the health care workers working day and night for the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, the government on Friday said that it has ordered around 2.22 crore Personal Protection Equipment Kits (PPE) for the frontline warriors of India. The government also informed that of the total 2.22 crore PPE kits, 1.43 crore will be made by the domestic manufacturers.  

Addressing a press briefing on the COVID-19 situation in the country, P D Vaghela, Chairman of the Empowered Group-3, said about 19,398 ventilators are available in India and orders have been placed for 60,884 more, and of these 59,884 will be made by domestic manufacturers.

He said of the total 2.49 crore N-95/N-99 masks ordered, 1.49 crore of these masks have been ordered from domestic manufacturers.

On production of drugs and other medical equipment, he said "HCQ (hydroxychloroquine) production has increased from 12.23 crore to 30 crore per month".

"Over 4 lakh oxygen cylinders are available; sufficient for today's requirements. Orders for more than 1 lakh oxygen cylinders have been placed and industrial oxygen is being converted into medical oxygen," he said as reported by news agency PTI.

Meanwhile, addressing the same press briefing, Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal also said that the Centre has requested the state and district administrations under Red and Orange zones to break the chain of transmission with strict and effective containment measures.  

“State and district administration to ensure through focused efforts that 'Red' and 'Orange' zone districts, break the chain of transmission through effective and stringent containment measure”, Lav Agrawal said as reported by news agency ANI.

He also informed that 1,993 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the last 24 hours in the country and the total number of cases has increased to 35,043. He further added that, "8,888 COVID-19 patients, which is 25.37 per cent of total cases, have recovered so far.” 

Posted By: Talib Khan