COVID-19 UPDATES| Pneumonia patients will also be tested for coronavirus, says government

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Union Health Ministry has said Pneumonia patients will also be tested for coronavirus, regardless of travel or contact history.

India reported 61 fresh cases of COVID-19 on Friday, highest in a day, taking the tally to 252 on Friday, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed with chief ministers ways and preparedness of the states to check and prevent the spread of coronavirus, which has claimed more than 10,000 lives globally.

A spike in numbers prompted the states and UTs to reinforce its efforts to contain the spread.

Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh joined the list of coronavirus positive states in India with four positive cases and two positive cases reported in each state respectively.

As coronavirus continued its upward trajectory across the country, authorities faced double-barrel challenge –strengthening its check and prevention mechanism, and addressing public panic, leading to hoarding of essential items.

Despite appeals by leaders not to panic and not to hoard items, long lines were seen at grocery stores, pharmacies and outlets selling other essential stuff, throwing the caution of ‘social distancing’ to the wind.

 

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