Health News, Nation, (New Delhi), May 9:-With 3,320 coronavirus cases and 95 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, India’s COVID-19 cases rose to 59,662 on Saturday, informed the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
The total number of active cases in the country now stands at 39,834, while, the number of cured/discharged/migrated stands at 17,847. The country has reported 1,981 deaths so far, added the Ministry.
Maharashtra has the highest number of cases with 19, 063 followed by Gujarat with 7,402 cases and Delhi with 6,318 cases. In Karnataka cases stands at 753 that includes 30 fatality and 376 cured / discharged as on Friday evening.
Meanwhile, the country continues to remain in a lockdown slated to end on May 17.
The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Saturday issued revised discharge policy for COVID-19 patients. As per the Ministry, mild/very mild/pre-symptomatic cases admitted to a COVID care facility will undergo regular temperature and pulse oximetry monitoring. The patient can be discharged after 10 days of symptom onset and no fever for 3 days in such cases. There will be no need for testing prior to discharge.
At the time of discharge, the patient will be advised to follow the home isolation for further 7 days as per the guidelines issued by the Ministry. Cases which are clinically classified as “moderate cases” will undergo monitoring of body temperature and oxygen saturation.
If the fever resolves within 3 days in moderate cases and the patient maintains saturation above 95 percent for the next 4 days (without oxygen support), such patient will be discharged after 10 days of symptom onset in case of absence of fever without antipyretics, resolution of breathlessness and no oxygen requirement, it mentioned. Patients on oxygenation whose fever does not resolve within 3 days and demand of oxygen therapy continue, such patients will be discharged only after resolution of clinical symptoms and their ability to maintain oxygen saturation for 3 consecutive days.
-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)