Speaking at the daily briefing on the government’s efforts to combat the coronavirus, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Joint Secretary – Lav Aggarwal – said that the supply of personal protection equipment (PPE) for frontline workers has begun. “Supplies of PPEs, masks, and ventilators have now begun, 20 domestic manufacturers in India have been developed for PPEs,” Aggarwal said. The government has placed an order for PPE kits – which includes masks and protective clothing – and ventilators from domestic manufacturers. “Orders for 1.7 crore PPEs have been placed and the supplies have begun. 49,000 ventilators have been ordered,” he added. There were over five hundred plus cases reported in the last 24 hours, and over 100 deaths in total. “A total of 5734 confirmed cases reported in the country till date, with 549 new cases in the last 24 hours. 166 deaths have been reported till date, and 17 deaths since yesterday,” said Aggarwal.
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