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Coronavirus survivors can become COVID warriors by donating plasma, says Dr Sandeep Budhiraja of Max Healthcare

Updated : April 27, 2020 11:35 PM IST

As doctors and scientists across the world work towards finding a cure for COVID-19, plasma therapy trials in Delhi have produced encouraging results.

The therapy involves the use of plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients to treat severely ill patients. It has been successfully used to cure a patient at Max Hospital in Delhi's Saket.

With more than 6,000 people discharged from hospitals so far, India's COVID-19 recovery rate has crossed 22 percent. In the past 24 hours, more than 1,400 new cases have been reported, taking the number of positive cases to over 28,000 -- more than 380 people have recovered from the deadly virus since last evening.

About 85 districts have managed to contain the spread of the virus with no new case being reported in the last 14 days. Sixteen of these districts have not seen any positive case in the past 28 days. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked that surveillance be ramped up in all green zones.

Shereen Bhan discussed with Dr Sandeep Budhiraja, Group Medical Director of Max Healthcare and Senior Director at Institute of Internal Medicine, about plasma therapy and its efficacy.
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