New Delhi, Apr 28, 2020: The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday (April 27) said that plasma therapy is at an experimental stage only right now and has not been approved for the treatment of coronavirus COVID-19 s far. "ICMR would like to clarify unless and until there is any proper approval through clinical research and trials, it would be improper to make any claim related to plasma therapy," the health ministry said Zee.
Addressing a routine daily briefing on coronavirus, the ministry said that India has reported 1,543 fresh cases in the last 24 hours. With this, the total count in the country now stands at 29,435. The health ministry also said that India has reported a total of 6,864 recoveries so far, including 684 in the last 24 hours.
Here are the key points from today’s briefing:
In the last 24 hours, 1,543 new COVID-19 cases reported, taking the total number of cases to 29,435.
As many as 6,868 COVID-19 patients, which is 23.3 per cent of total cases, have recovered so far.
No new cases of COVID-19 reported from 17 districts in the last 28 days.
Currently, there are no approved therapies, including plasma therapy, for treatment of COVID-19
Plasma therapy is in the experimental stage but not enough evidence now to claim it can be used as a treatment for COVID-19.
ICMR has launched a national-level study to study the efficiency of plasma therapy in the treatment of COVID-19.
A fresh case of infection surfaced in Bihar’s Lakhisarai district where there was no case reported in the last 14 days. Two new districts have been added to the list where there has been no of coronavirus in the last 14 days, the ministry said.
The number of districts with no new cases in the last 28 days is 17.
It added that in comparison to the 20 nations where maximum coronavirus cases have been reported, India has reported only 1/200 times the number of deaths in comparison to them. WHO data shows that the combined population of these 20 nations is almost the same as India’s population. Further, these nations have together reported 84 times the no. of cases reported in India till now.