India now has clear guidelines to deal with coronavirus-related biomedical waste

India’s pollution watchdog, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), has released guidelines for handling, treatment and safe disposal of biomedical waste generated during treatment, diagnosis and quarantine of patients confirmed or suspected to have the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

The virus SARS-CoV-2, responsible for Covid-19, has spread across at least 190 countries and more than 334,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 have been reported globally (as of March 24), since it was first reported in China late last year. At least 14,652 people globally have died due to this disease so far.

In India, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a total of 22,694 samples from 21,804 individuals have been tested for the coronavirus as of March 24.

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