India’s coronavirus cases rise to 31,332, Death toll crosses 1000-mark

COVID-19 cases in India has risen to 31,332 with 1,007 fatalities. There are 22,629 active cases while 7,695 have been cured/discharged, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

Maharashtra has highest COVID-19 cases – 9,318, followed by Gujarat – 3,744, Delhi – 3,314, Madhya Pradesh – 2,387 and Rajasthan – 2,364.

The Health Ministry yesterday denied that plasma therapy was being seen as a possible treatment for novel coronavirus.

Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal had said that currently there were no approved therapies for treatment of novel coronavirus, including plasma therapy.

“ICMR has already stated clearly that currently there are no approved therapies for COVID-19 including plasma therapy. It is one of the many therapies which are being experimented with. However, so far there is no evidence to support it as a treatment, the ministry said.

Union Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday informed that India will be self-reliant by the end of May 2020 in producing indigenous rapid Test and RT-PCR diagnostic kits. He also said that at least half a dozen candidate vaccines are being supported of which four are in an advance stage.

The virus which was first originated from China’s Wuhan has infected more than 3 million people globally and led to over 2 lakh deaths.