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TNS One crore patients treated under Ayushman Bharat scheme, says Govt official


17:39:8 IST

NEW DELHI, MAY 22 (TickerNews Service): One crore patients have been treated under the government's Ayushman Bharat health insurance scheme so far, a government official said Friday.
   The scheme was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September 2018.
   The scheme was helpful during the time of COVID-19 pandemic, he said.
   So far in the country, over 1.18 lakh people have been tested positive for coronavirus, of which 48,534 have been cured and 3,583 have died, as per government data.
   India's recovery rate against the virus has improved to 41% and the mortality rate is coming down, said Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
   Imposition of nationwide lockdown has been very helpful in controlling the spread of deadly virus and boosting health facilities, he said.
   However, people still need to follow social distancing, hand hygiene and use of face masks to avert the spread, he added.


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