Coronavirus Fear: Nationwide mock drill across India on Tuesday amid global surge in Covid-19 cases

Coronavirus Fear, HealthCare News: According to officials, real-time data on the availability of beds, oxygen cylinders and ventilators will be made available for the public on a portal of the Delhi government.

During the mock drill, Mandaviya is expected to visit Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital to take stock of the mock drill.
During the mock drill, Mandaviya is expected to visit Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital to take stock of the mock drill.

Health News, Coronavirus Updates: Amid a surge in Covid-19 cases globally, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya has asked all the states to conduct a mock drill to check preparedness to deal with any eventuality related to coronavirus. The development comes as several countries, especially China, are witnessing a sudden surge in Covid cases – led by BF.7, a sub-variant of Omicron.

The information was shared by Mandaviya on his micro-blogging site Twitter. It is to be noted that the decision in this regard was taken a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a review meeting to understand the readiness of hospitals to handle any kind of spike in cases of Covid in India.

“Such exercises would help our operational readiness, help in filling gaps if any and will consequently strengthen our public health response,” he said at a meeting with doctors from the Indian Medical Association (IMA).

During the mock drill, Mandaviya is expected to visit Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital to take stock of the mock drill.

Random testing of passengers coming from some countries has been started at several airports. Five foreign nationals were tested positive for coronavirus after arrival in Bihar. All of them were on a pilgrimage. While four were from Thailand, one was from Myanmar.

A person in Uttar Pradesh was recently tested positive for Covid-19 after he returned from China.

As part of preparations to deal with emergency situations, the Delhi government has approved a budget of Rs 104 crore for hospitals. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has asked heads of the government hospitals to share details about the availability of beds, ventilators and ICUs with the Health Department.

According to officials, real-time data on the availability of beds, oxygen cylinders and ventilators will be made available for the public on a portal of the Delhi government.

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