India has reported 549 new COVID – 19 cases in the last 24 hours with the total number of coronavirus positive patients in the country climbing to 5,734. Till date, 473 people have recovered and been discharged and 17 people have been decleard dead since yesterday, the health ministry said on Thursday.

India reports, as many as 166 death’s after testing positive for the deadly pathogen.

“With the number of Corona Virus cases rising in the country, five thousand Indian railway coaches have been turned into isolation wards for Covid-19 positive patients. Supplies of PPEs, masks and ventilators have begun delivering and there is no need to panic over the availability of PPE, masks and santizer for frontline health workers,” Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry said at the daily news briefing. He also urged people to offer full support to doctors and other medical staff fighting the Covid-19 pandemic for days at a stretch for over a month now.