Blood banks in various hospitals in India have raised concern at the decreasing blood reserves, even as the country continued to report fresh COVID-19 or coronavirus cases.

The 21-day lockdown affecting the movements of blood donors across the country has led to the shortage in availability of blood for patients, depending on transfusion as a life-saving measure. The Health Ministry on Thursday even issued an advisory calling for voluntary blood donations.

Shobhini Rajan, the director of National Blood Transfusion Council, said that a communication was received from several stakeholders engaged in managing blood centers and blood transfusion

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