New Delhi: Stepping up efforts in battling the COVID-19 pandemic, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday announced the first-ever plasma bank for treatment of coronavirus patients in the national capital, after receiving positive results on multiple clinical trials. Also Read - 'China Caused Great Damage to US': Trump Sharpens Attack on Beijing Again Over COVID-19

The country’s first plasma bank will be set-up at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS Hospital) in Vasant Kunj, Delhi. Also Read - International Flights: SpiceJet to Operate 19 More Flights to Evacuate Stranded Indians From UAE, Saudi, Oman Under Vande Bharat Mission

“Delhi govt has so far conducted a clinical trial of plasma therapy on 29 COVID-19 patients; results were good,” Kejriwal said during a press briefing. Also Read - Coronavirus in Maharashtra: State Records 5,368 New Cases; Death Toll Breaches 9,000 Mark

“The plasma bank will start operating in Delhi in next two working days,” the CM said, appealing to all recovered patients in the national capital to donate their plasma samples for treatment of others suffering from the viral disease.

Coronavirus patients who are in need of plasma for treatment will, however, require a recommendation from a doctor.

Notably, the Maharashtra government has also planned to launch ‘Project Platina’ – plasma banks that will be set up in 13 centres across the state.

In the press briefing, Delhi CM Kejriwal also announced a compensation of Rs 1 crore for the family of Dr Aseem Gupta, a senior doctor at Delhi’s LNJP Hospital who passed away due to the deadly viral infection on Sunday. “We salute his spirit and sacrifice,” Kejriwal said.