New Delhi: The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday said that over 1594 new cases have been reported in the last 24 hours, taking the total COVID-19 positive cases in the country to 29,974. Also Read - Does Black Fungus Affect Your Eyesight? Here's What we Know

Addressing a press conference, Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal said that 684 patients have been cured in the last 24 hours. He also added that the recovery rate is now 23.3%, adding that there is a progressive increase in recovery rate. Also Read - COVID Vaccine For Moms-To-Be: Harmful or Beneficial? All You Need To Know

As per latest updates from the health Ministry, 1594 new cases and 51 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. With this, India’s total number of coronavirus positive cases has gone up to 29,974, including 22010 active cases, 7027 cured/discharged/migrated and 937 deaths. Also Read - Virat Kohli Gets Vaccinated, Urges Everyone to Stay Safe | PIC

Talking about plasma therapy, he said that it is being experimented, however, no evidence is there that it can be used as a treatment. He said the national level study launched by ICMR will study the efficacy.

He said that the plasma therapy isn’t a proven therapy and it is still in experimental stage, right now even ICMR is doing it as an experiment to identify and do additional understanding of this therapy. “Till it is approved, no one should use it, it’ll be harmful to patient and illegal,” Agarwal said.

“Until the ICMR concludes its study and a robust scientific proof is available, plasma therapy should be used only for research or trial purpose. If plasma therapy is not used in proper manner under proper guideline, then it can also cause life threatening complications,” Agarwal said.

The health ministry further added that as many as 6,868 COVID-19 patients, which is 23.3 per cent of total cases, have recovered so far. Moreover, no new case of COVID-19 reported from 17 districts in last 28 days.

Home Ministry Joint Secretary Punya Salila Srivastava said that the IMCT, which is visiting Surat, found that the administration is conducting extensive testing so that COVID-19 positive cases are identified in the initial stage itself.

She also added that the IMCT held discussions with various stakeholders including textile and diamond industries, who are major employers of labourers. “Most labourers have received the pay for last month. Central team has told Surat administration to prepare future plans as well,” Srivastava added.