New Delhi: The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday said that 16 districts across the country, which earlier had cases, have not reported any fresh case for the past 28 days. According the Health Ministry, the three new districts which got added to this list include Gondia in Maharashtra, Devangere in Karnataka and Lakhi Sarai in Bihar. Also Read - Coronavirus: Total Count Reaches 18601, No Fresh Case in 61 Districts in Past 14 Days, Says Health Ministry

He also said that 85 districts have not reported any new case in the last 14 days. Also Read - Maintain Social Distancing as 80% of COVID-19 Patients Asymptomatic: Health Ministry



Addressing a press conference, Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal said that 1396 new positive cases were reported in last 24 hours, taking the total confirmed cases to 27,892. Also Read - Don't Spray Disinfectant on People, Says Health Ministry Days After Migrants Were 'Cleansed'

He also added that over 20,835 people are under active medical supervision and 381 patients are found cured in the past 24 hours. “Total number of cured people becomes 6184 with the recovery rate at 22.17%,” he added.



He said that the stigma should be addressed through an intensive campaign. “We’ve to understand that there is no risk of transmission from recovered patients. They, in fact, can be a potential source of healing for antibodies using plasma therapy,” Agarwal said.

He also said that al should avoid spreading misinformation and panic. “No community or area should be labelled for COVID-19 spread. “In particular, healthcare and sanitary workers or police should not be targeted as they are there to help you,” Agarwal added.

Parameswaran Iyer, Convener of Empowered group 5 for COVID-19, said that the Indian Railways has done a tremendous job also. “If you look at the movement of rakes, you will see it has gone up from 67% on 30th March to 76% as on April 25,” he said.

The Health Ministry also stated that at the level of ICMR, India has sufficient amount of kits as far as RT PCR test is concerned. “Not only sufficient amount of kits are available, but we have also parallelly ensured geographical adequacy,” Agarwal added.