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Amid Shortage Of Masks In Market, Indore Central Jail Inmates Are Doing Their Bit To Combat COVID-19

The tailoring unit of inmates at Indore Central Jail has started producing re-usable cotton masks under an initiative taken up by the jail authorities to help addressing the shortage of masks

Amid Shortage Of Masks In Market, Indore Central Jail Inmates Are Doing Their Bit To Combat COVID-19

New Delhi: With the rise in the number of diagnosed coronavirus cases in many parts of the country, people are rushing to medical stores to get their hands on either N95 or a simple surgical face masks which has led to a massive shortage. In a bid to address this shortage in the state of Madhya Pradesh, Indore Central Jail has started an initiative under which the inmates have begun producing cotton masks. While talking about initiative, Rakesh Bhangre, Superintendent, Indore Central Jail, told NDTV,

With rising demand and shortage of supply, the price of masks has shot up multiple times. In Indore itself, one can observe how this product has become one of the most coveted that people can currently own. A simple use and throw N95 masks is now available at Rs. 200-250 in the market in Indore whereas we are selling good quality masks at a nominal rate of Rs. 10 each. Our aim is to make masks accessible for people with lower means.

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He further said the masks produced by inmates are reusable, can be washed after every use and are being made of three-layered cotton cloth. These masks are being produced by the tailoring unit of the jail which has 15 prisoners who have been trained in stitching clothes for the inmates. Mr. Bhangre said,

Because we have a very well-functioning tailoring unit, we faced no challenges as far as machinery and infrastructure is concerned. These are trained prisoners and are able to produce 200 masks per day.

According to Mr. Bhangre, the quality of the masks produced in the jail has been approved by doctors at government medical college in Indore. These masks have been distributed to all jail and court officials in Indore including all lawyers and judges and will be soon provided to the police department as well.

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On the measures, the jail authorities are taking to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the Superintendent said,

We are taking care of the number of times the inmates are washing their hands.

In India, the number of reported cases grew to more than 223 on Friday. Four people from Delhi, Karnataka, Punjab and Maharashtra have died in the last two weeks. Across the country, schools, colleges, theatres, malls and shopping areas have been shut down in large parts, to avoid the spread of the virus. In a televised address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi last night called for social distancing, urging people to avoid stepping out of their homes “unless absolutely necessary”. He also appealed to citizens to observe a “Janata curfew” this Sunday as a test run for social distancing over the next few days.

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World

23,96,06,768Cases
20,13,42,617Active
3,33,82,100Recovered
48,82,051Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 23,96,06,768 and 48,82,051 have died; 20,13,42,617 are active cases and 3,33,82,100 have recovered as on October 15, 2021 at 4:15 am.

India

3,40,37,592 16,862Cases
2,03,6782,908Active
3,33,82,100 19,391Recovered
4,51,814 379Deaths
In India, there are 3,40,37,592 confirmed cases including 4,51,814 deaths. The number of active cases is 2,03,678 and 3,33,82,100 have recovered as on October 15, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,86,280 2,384

33,157 6

64,13,418 2,343

1,39,705 35

Kerala

48,29,944 9,246

96,421 1,802

47,06,856 10,952

26,667 96

Karnataka

29,82,399 310

9,607 43

29,34,870 347

37,922 6

Tamil Nadu

26,83,396 1,259

15,451 199

26,32,092 1,438

35,853 20

Andhra Pradesh

20,59,122 540

6,588 27

20,38,248 557

14,286 10

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,008 12

135 4

16,86,976 16

22,897

West Bengal

15,79,012 530

7,576 81

15,52,491 601

18,945 10

Delhi

14,39,311 28

337 1

14,13,885 29

25,089

Odisha

10,33,809 521

4,890 38

10,20,645 477

8,274 6

Chhattisgarh

10,05,614 16

203 4

9,91,841 20

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,382 8

42 6

9,45,386 2

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,244 34

215 20

8,15,943 14

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,669 12

111 1

7,82,035 11

10,523

Haryana

7,71,035 16

105 158

7,60,881

10,049 174

Bihar

7,26,016 8

42 6

7,16,313 2

9,661

Telangana

6,68,618 168

4,171 40

6,60,512 207

3,935 1

Assam

6,05,847 207

3,646 157

5,96,263 362

5,938 2

Punjab

6,01,971 33

234 11

5,85,199 16

16,538 6

Jharkhand

3,48,406 11

130 4

3,43,141 7

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,729 28

175 22

3,36,157 6

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,30,834 93

935 11

3,25,473 104

4,426

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,113 182

1,387 5

2,16,011 173

3,715 4

Goa

1,77,356 68

679 27

1,73,342 39

3,335 2

Puducherry

1,27,259 49

647 4

1,24,763 53

1,849

Manipur

1,22,432 69

1,444 15

1,19,099 84

1,889

Mizoram

1,10,719 901

13,601 435

96,744 1,332

374 4

Tripura

84,295 4

110 8

83,369 12

816

Meghalaya

82,734 87

892 31

80,411 115

1,431 3

Chandigarh

65,295 10

32 5

64,443 15

820

Arunachal Pradesh

54,958 4

202 22

54,476 26

280

Sikkim

31,722 6

224 1

31,108 7

390

Nagaland

31,516 9

230 8

30,613 17

673

Ladakh

20,867 6

44 2

20,615 4

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,675

3 1

10,668 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

2 0

10,312

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,640 3

10 1

7,501 2

129

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