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‘Time to act, not find fault,’ says health ministry on Nizamuddin cases


New Delhi, Mar 31: The Centre said the Delhi government was taking necessary action to deal with the containment of Covid-19 spread in Delhi's Nizamuddin, where at least twenty four people were reported to have picked up the deadly infection.

‘Time to act, not find fault,’ says health ministry on Nizamuddin cases

"With respect to the Nizamuddin area, we all need to understand and appreciate that this is not the time to do fault finding. What is important for us is to take action as per our containment process in whatever areas we find a case," Agarwal said at a press briefing.

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Agarwal added that all necessary steps were being taken to contain any further spread of the disease in the cluster.

"Delhi government is already taking necessary action including, quarantining, hospitalisation or health profiling for symptomatic cases," Agarwal said at the daily briefing.

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Agarwal said 227 cases have been reported in the last 24 hours and he attributed the increase to "lack of people's support and delay in timely detection" of the cases.

He further said wherever even a single case of COVID-19 is reported it is as good as a hotspot for the government.

"With over 1,200 cases of COVID-19, the number of hotspots in the country has increased. The government is using cluster containment strategies and doing rigorous contact tracing in these hotspots to check the virus from further spreading," Agarwal said.

Underlying that the government will further increase the availability of protective gear for medical professionals, he said the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has identified suppliers in South Korea, Turkey and Vietnam to improve logistics in the country during the COVID-19 crisis.

Cases of medical professionals getting infected with COVID-19 are not due to any negligence, he said. The official further said a group of Union ministers Tuesday took stock of the situation and stressed on the need for readying dedicated COVID-19 hospitals.

Seeking cooperation from the public to fight the pandemic, Agarwal said there was no need to panic. He also said not everyone needs to wear masks and that following social distancing is more important to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Speaking at the same conference, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said so far 42,788 samples have been tested for coronavirus out of which 4,346 samples were tested on Monday.

The ICMR is working with the Department of Bio Technology and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on the agenda of developing a vaccine for the COVID-19 disease, an ICMR official said.

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