New Delhi: India is rapidly ramping up production of body coveralls in view of the Covid-19 virus outbreak, officials said, adding that it is in a ‘comfortable’ position as far as supply of masks is concerned.

Since February, 1 million N-95 masks have been supplied, and the position with respect to N-95 and 2/3-ply masks is ‘comfortable’, officials said.

The supply of body coveralls started on March 23 and is being ramped up. About 5,000 body coveralls were supplied in the last two days, and production will go up to 5,000 per day on Thursday and 8,000 pieces per day by March 31.

“Three companies have started supplying already. By tomorrow, the number of companies supplying would be seven,” an official in the know said. By next week, the government expects ten companies to supply almost 8,000 pieces of body coveralls per day.

“We are in talks with at least ten new manufacturers. A few of them have potential, but have expressed difficulty in moving staff and material,” said an official, adding that the government would facilitate raw material supply and staff movement. “Considering the financial constraints on account of the lockdown, payments against supplies will be made faster for a healthy cashflow,” the official added.

ET reported on March 19 that the textiles ministry had on-boarded Vadodara-based Sure Safety, Bengaluru’s Amaryllis Healthcare and Gurugram-based Sai Synergy LLP for supply of disposable body coveralls, 3-ply surgical masks and N-95 masks for doctors and health workers.

“More than 4,00,000 masks are with the health ministry now,” the official said.

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