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With the nationwide death toll from COVID-19 touching 273 and the number of positive cases reaching 8,447 on Sunday, the Union Health Ministry said India is preparing for a possible exponential surge in cases.


  • Amid demands for ramping up health surveillance, the Centre said it is expanding the COVID-19 testing capacity in State-run as well as private medical colleges.
  • Health Ministry said that with the average rate of over 4% growth in cases recently, the government is expanding testing capacity in State-run as well as private medical institutions.
  • The government is extra prepared if the number of cases rises exponentially.
  • Fourteen mentor institutes, including the AIIMS and NIMHANS, have been identified to mentor the medical colleges and expand testing capacity.
Coronavirus | Bracing for a rapid surge in cases, says government

Boost to primary care

  • Current Focus is on increasing the capacity of primary medical infrastructure which includes dedicated hospitals, isolation beds, ICU beds, and quarantine facilities.
  • Dedicated hospitals for management of COVID-19 patients have increasingly been set up across the country with various private sector hospitals.
  • Online training modules and webinars for ventilator management, clinical management, infection prevention control, bio-medical waste management, and epidemiology have been organized by these institutions and to prepare the frontline medical workers, mock drills too have been organized.
  • The government is trying to provide door-to-door essential goods in the hotspots in coordination with the civil society.
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