11:21 GMT23 January 2021
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    Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus Top One Million Globally (171)
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    New Delhi (Sputnik): As COVID-19 positive cases soared to 445 on Saturday in Delhi, state chief Arvind Kejriwal criticised the federal government for allegedly not paying attention to the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the city’s hospitals.

    Amid reports of a shortage of personal protective gear for medical professionals, face masks and sanitisers, as well as attacks on nurses and healthcare workers, a large number of people have taken to social media to highlight the plight to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

    With the hashtag #ModijiSaveDoctors, thousands of people are pouring out their support and underlining healthcare workers’ ordeal in such a serious health emergency.  

    Many wanted Prime Minister Modi to ensure basic safety and security measures for medical professionals.  

    Support for the online campaign is swelling, with over 57K messages on Twitter alone.

    ​In one such tweet, a group of hospital staff appealed through a video clip and sought help as they were compelled to work without gloves and masks. They want the government to urgently pay heed to their basic needs, as sometimes they have to borrow masks before approaching patients.

    ​In another tweet from Jammu and Kashmir’s Government Medical College (GMC) Rajouri, a group of contractual nurses sought the prime minister’s help as their services have been terminated amid the outbreak of the coronavirus.

    One Twitter user, however, also appealed to people not to use N95 masks, which are primarily for health workers visiting COVID-19-positive patients or for those who are infected themselves.

    ​In the wake of the shortage of face masks on the market, the federal Health Ministry on Saturday, 4 April appealed to the general public to use “homemade face cover”, saying it would help protect “the community at large”.  

    India has already banned exports of PPE, ventilators, face masks, and raw material used in the manufacture of ventilators. New Delhi has also imposed similar curbs on export of diagnostic kits due to the deficit.

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