The Centre has released 15 per cent of the amount under the Covid-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness (ECRP-II) Package to the states to improve health infrastructure to battle coronavirus, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Saturday.
An amount of Rs 1,827.8 crore has been sent to the states and Union Territories. The amount constitutes 15 per cent of the total allocation of Rs 12,185 crore under the package for the Covid-19 management.
In a tweet, the minister said, "15% of the total amount of 'Emergency COVID-19 Response Package' fixed by the Central Government to empower the country to fight COVID-19 which means Rs 1827.80 crore has been sent to the states and UTs. This package will prove helpful in the development of health infrastructure across the country."
He also shared infographics that showed the allocation to all the states and Union Territories out of Rs 1,827.8 crore to prevent coronavirus surge.
The highest allocation of Rs 281.98 crore has been made to Uttar Pradesh, followed by Bihar (Rs 154 crore), Rajasthan (Rs 132 crore) and Madhya Pradesh (Rs 131 crore).
Meanwhile, India recorded 41,649 Covid cases and 593 fatalities in the past 24 hours ending at 8 am on Saturday, according to the Union Health Ministry’s latest update. With this, the country’s total Covid caseload is now at 3,16,13,993, while the death toll stands at 4,23,810. The fresh cases saw a surge for the fourth day in a row.