As India's positive Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases soar to 1071, the Union Health Ministry, on Monday, has issued new standard operating procedure (SOP) for transporting a suspect/confirmed case - applicable to India's current phase (local transmission and limited community transmission). The Health Ministry in the press briefing has denied any community transmission of the pandemic in the nation as India's testing scope with 3,501 tests done on Sunday. Currently, India has 942 active cases with 29 deaths.
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare releases Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for transporting likely/confirmed cases of #COVID19. Release states, "This SOP is applicable to the current phase of COVID19 pandemic in India - local transmission & limited community transmission". pic.twitter.com/HeOrZb3rt3— ANI (@ANI) March 30, 2020
The SOP guides ambulance drivers and technicians in transporting COVID-19 patients and the types of ambulances - ALS (with ventilators) and BLS (without ventilators) to be used for transportation. Apart from the type of ambulances, the SOP also instructs Call centers to handle the disaster calls, the management of the patient in the ambulance, his handing over and the disinfection of ambulance. The SOP also deals with the capacity building of the medical technicians and the monitoring of the ambulance staff.
As of date, 1024 positive cases have been reported of the pandemic Coronavirus (COVID-19) - 95 have been discharged and Maharashtra reporting the highest at 203. 27 deaths have been reported till date. India has suspended all visas and barred travel from Afghanistan, Philippines, EU, UK, China, Malaysia and mandatory 14-day quarantine from several other countries and the Prime Minister has issued a 21-day countrywide lockdown starting from 25 March to April 15 and launched the PM-CARES fund to aid the government in its battle against COVID-19.