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India needs at least 38 million masks, has only 25%: report

Mar 30, 2020 11:50 IST

India needs at least 38 million masks and 6.2 million pieces of personal protective equipment as it confronts the spread of coronavirus, according to a report by Invest India, quoted by Reuters. In a four-page internal document dated March 27, Invest India estimated the country needed needed 38 million masks - 14 million needed by state governments and the rest by the centre. Invest India said it had contacted 730 companies for ventilators, ICU monitors, protective equipment, masks and testing kits, of which 319 firms had responded so far.

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