COVID-19 death toll crosses 1000 mark

COVID-19 death toll crosses 1000 mark
NEW DELHI, APR 29 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 4/29/2020 11:52:22 AM IST

With 1,813 fresh novel coronavirus cases reported in the last 24 hours in the country, India’s COVID-19 count increased to 31,787, according to the latest Ministry of Health and Welfare data. The death toll in the country also rose to 1,008 after 71 more patients died due to the highly contagious disease since Tuesday.

On Tuesday, the health ministry warned against the use of plasma therapy for treatment of coronavirus. The ministry went on to say that the therapy is still in the experimental stage and not yet approved.

“Plasma therapy is an experimental therapy that can be used for research and trial only. Studies are on to gain a better understanding and until it is approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), no one should use it for treatment. It would be illegal and could even risk the patient’s life,” said Lav Agarwal, joint secretary in the health ministry.

Moreover, ICMR has also started a nationwide study on the efficacy of plasma therapy for Covid-19 patients. Many scientific and medical institutions have been allowed to have clinical trials where all such trials need to adhere to guidelines and protocols laid down by ICMR and approved by Institutional Ethics Committee, with the subsequent approval of the Drug Controller General of India.

Global COVID-19 cases surpass 3 million mark

Globally, the number of novel coronavirus cases have surpassed 3.1 million along with reporting more than 200,000 deaths across the world. The number of infected people due to Covid-19 in the United States crossed one million and the fatalities jumped to nearly 59,000.

Nagaland: Results of 13 awaited
DIMAPUR, APR 29 (NPN): Health & Family Welfare department Wednesday informed that of the 644 samples sent for testing till date, results of 631 samples have been received and all have tested negative. Results for the remaining 13 samples are awaited. Altogether 1,575 persons were screened on April 29 and 37 persons were under facility quarantine as on date.


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