NEW DELHI: In a daily press briefing, Health Ministry official said about 1,684 coronavirus cases were reported in the last 24 hours. The total number of cases in India has reached 23,077. The recovery rate is 20.57 percent. Apart from that, In the last 24 hours, 491 people have been cured and discharged after treatment. The number of people who have recovered so far in India has increased to 4748, Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry said today.

Further, he also added that there were no new cases seen in 15 districts of the country in the last 28 days. There are 80 districts in the country that have reported no new cases in the last 14 days. Among the new districts that are have reported no new cases are Durg and Rajnandgaon from Chhattisgarh and Shivpur district from Madhya Pradesh.

Luv Agarwal also said that the Health Minister is in continuous touch with officials of all States and also thanked them for their corporation and support. With this, he said that people need to understand that there is no need to panic from this epidemic. Like any disease, it can also be cured by treatment.

Apart from this joint Health Secretary also answered about the queries of people from all over the country, he said that in order to answer the questions of the citizens fast, the Health Minister has also announced the launch the  COVID-19 service Twitter handle. With the help of this handle, people will get the instant answer of their queries by the expert panel.

Earlier in the press conference, Home Ministry spokeswoman Punya Salila Srivastava said that some relaxation has been given in the areas which are not coming under hotspots or red zone. Along with this, she also said that there was some misunderstanding about economic activities carrying out in industries.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has written a letter to all the states that no owner will not be punished if any case found in staff or workers from their factories. Se said that state governments should give correct information about the guidelines to people. And the guidelines should be strictly followed during the exemption.

The home ministry official also added that the 5 central teams are constituted for Ahmedabad, Surat, thane, Hyderabad and Chennai. This team will do an on-spot assessment of the situation, issue necessary directions to state authorities for its redressal and submit their report to the Central government in the larger interest of the general public.

ICMR will focus on a range of issues including compliance and implementation of lockdown measures as per guidelines, the supply of essential commodities, social distancing, the preparedness of the health infrastructure, the safety of health professionals, and conditions of relief camps for labor and poor people.