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Midday News

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08.04.2020

THE HEADLINES:-

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi discusses COVID-19 situation with leaders of different political parties through video conferencing.

  • Home Ministry directs States to ensure availability of essential goods at fair prices for citizens.

  • Health Ministry says 402 patients recovered in the country so far; 773 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported during the last 24 hours.

  • Government to set up three levels of health care facility for managment of COVID-19 cases.

  • Several agencies and organizations come forward to help country in fight against novel Coronavirus.

  • And, UN suspends deployment of peacekeepers till the 30th of June in the wake of Coronavirus pandemic.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today held an all Party meeting with leaders of different political parties through video conferencing. The Prime Minister discussed the future course of action with them in light of many states demanding an extension of lockdown after 14th of this month as a precautionary step in battle against COVID-19.


Our correspondent quoting sources reports,  economic impact of the shutdown and measures to deal with it was discussed. Utilization of money released to states and concerns pertaining to daily wage workers and migrant workers were also discussed in detail. Many leaders have asked the Government to extend the lockdown further. Some leaders also urged for making suitable provisions for ensuring free or cheaper testing facilities for the Covid-19 patients. Opposition leaders also demanded for a greater financial stimulus to the states by the Centre .


Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, DMK leader T R Ballu, Sharad Pawar from NCP, Rajeev Ranjan Singh of JD (U), Lok Janshakti Party’s Chirag Paswan, Prof Ram Gopal Yadav of Samajwadi Party, BSP's Satish Chandra Mishra  were among those who participated in the interaction with the Prime Minister.


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Home Ministry has directed States to ensure availability of essential goods at fair prices for public at large. In a letter to chief secretaries, Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla has asked the States to deal strictly with offences of hoarding, black marketing, profiteering and speculative trading. He asked them to ensure proper supply of food items, medicines and medical equipments by invoking provisions of Essential Commodities Act , 1955.  Mr. Bhalla emphasised that measures including fixing of stock limits, capping of prices, enhancing production, inspection of accounts of dealers and other such actions will be undertaken by the states at the earliest and at regular intervals to ensure production and supply of essential commodities. He said that those not complying may be dealt with severely as offences under Essential Commodities Act are considered as criminal offences and may result in imprisonment of seven years.


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Health and Family Welfare Ministry has said that classification of health facilities and hospitals have been done to deal with the corona patients in the country.


In a briefing yesterday, Joint Secretary in Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Lav Agarwal said that three types of healt-care facilities will be set up for various categories of COVID-19 cases as a mechanism to provide care to COVID-19 patients. He said, these three types are covid care centres, dedicated covid health care centres and dedicated covid hospitals.


In a statement, the Ministry has said that all three types of COVID-19 dedicated facilities will has separate ear marked areas for suspect and confirmed cases. The Ministry said, suspect and confirmed cases should not be allowed to mix under any circumstances. It said, all suspect cases, irrespective of severity of their disease will be tested for COVID-19.


Quoting a recent study of Indian Council of Medical Research, Mr. Agrwal said, if one COVID-19 patient does not follow lock down orders or practice social distancing, then the patient can infect 406 people in 30 days. Quoting the Health Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, he said, social distancing is social vaccine to manage the Covid-19. He urged the people to adopt the social distancing measure to deal with the corona virus.

Meanwhile, A total of 773 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 or novel coronavirus have been reported in the country during the last 24 hours taking the total number of cases to five thousand one hundred ninety four. Health and Family Welfare Ministry said that 402 patients have recovered so far and 149 deaths have been reported in the country so far.


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Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal today appealed to all religious leaders, resident welfare associations and parents to advise the young people to observe the Shab-e-Barat occasion solemnly and not to step out together in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.  In a message, the Lieutenant Governor said, Delhi is under lockdown, amidst the coronavirus outbreak, therefore, people are requested not to step out from their houses and pray for their family security. He said, everyone should desist from any behaviour that compromises with the safety guidelines for battling corona virus.


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The Centre has taken a number of initiatives to ensure smooth supply of medical supplies amid lockdown. Indian Railways has geared up its efforts to produce Personal Protective Equipment, PPEs on a mission mode.  A report:-


Railways workshops are being geared up to produce one thousand PPE overall every day for railway Doctors and paramedics. The production facilities will be ramped up in the future. Railways is also considering to supply 50 per cent of PPE material to other medical professionals of the country. The PPE overall produced by Jagadhari workshop was recently cleared by Defence Research and Development Organization’s lab. Approved design and material will now be used for making protective overall by 17 railway workshops situated in different zones. The PPE overall will offer much needed protection to Railways' Doctors and paramedics working as front line warriors for treating the corona patients. WITH BHUPENDRA, Suparna Saikia, AIR News, Delhi.


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In Maharashtra, 60 more cases were found positive for Covid-19 today taking the tally of coronavirus cases to 1078 in the state. Mumbai has the most 44 cases followed by Pune with nine positive cases. Meanwhile, three more Covid-19 patients died in Pune taking the death toll in the city to 13.  At the same time the spread of the disease in Dharavi, the biggest slum in Asia has been a matter of concern as two more positive cases were found yesterday.


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In Madhya Pradesh, the number of coronavirus cases in the state has risen to 320.  22 new cases have been reported in Indore and 8 in Khargone.  25 people have died due to the disease so far. Bhopal and Indore are among the most affected districts in the state. In Bhopal, the number of corona infected is continuously increasing and so far 85 people have been infected by it. Meanwhile, many MPs of the state have welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's decision of 30 per cent cut in their salaries and allowances to fund the fight against coronavirus.


"Khargone MP Gajendra Patel termed it as a milestone decision.


Khandwa MP Nand Kumar Singh Chouhan has also called it a good decision.


Governor Lalji Tandon and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan have also welcomed it and voluntarily announced their salary cuts. Governor Lalji Tandon has announced to give 30 percent of his salary around Rs one lakh to the Prime Minister’s Fund every month till the end of Corona crisis period. While, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has decided to contribute 30 percent of his salary to the relief fund for one year. He will also spend the amount of his MLA fund to deal with the Corona outbreak. -Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal."


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In Jharkhand, a total of four positive Corona cases have been reported while results of 160 samples are still awaited. Two positve cases from Ranchi, one from Hazaribagh and Bokaro each have been confirmed by the State Government. Health Department is taking measures to increase the number of tests and identify more number of suspected patients for COVID-19 tests. 1,076 samples of suspected people have been tested in the state so far.


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In Assam, the state Cabinet has decided to deduct 30 percent of the monthly salaries of the Chief Minister, Ministers and all MLAs for one year. The deducted amount will be deposited in the fund for treatment of COVID -19 patients and management of the outbreak. In regard to the post-lockdown scenario, the Cabinet decided to follow the guidelines issued by the Centre. Informing this to the media after the cabinet meeting yesterday, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, the Centre’s directive would have to be directly implemented by the Deputy Commissioners. He said, the norms of social distancing must be maintained at all levels. Our Correspondent reports that 28 positive cases have been reported in the state so far.


"There is no let up in surveillance and screening in the state . 28 positive cases have been reported in Assam so far however all of them are stable now. Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal appeals citizens to be a part of the fight against Covid 19. In a message, the Chief Minister urges volunteers to contribute as second line of defence as Swasthya Sewak in various fields including doctors, nurses, paramedics , sanitary workers etc. The volunteers will be trained on Covid-19 care and other related issues and will be deployed as Covid Warriors. Manas Pratim, Sarma,  AIR News, Guwahti."


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Several agencies and organizations have come forward to help country in the fight against novel coronavirus. Gujarat based Amul is one such brand which is not only ensuring the supply of milk to the whole country during the lockdown but also maintaining the best hygienic practices to prevent the spread of coronavirus. More from our correspondent:-


"With the huge network of around 5000 tanker drivers, Amul is collecting over 4 hundred lakh litres of milk per day from the villages and transporting it to over a thousand cities and towns across the country. Managing director of Amul cooperative RS Sodhi said right from milk collection to the delivery of milk, AMUL is taking all the precautionary sanitation measures in the wake of Covid 19. He said to ensure the milk provided to people is hygienic and uncontaminated, all the farmers and workers have been instructed to wear masks and sanitize their hands frequently. He said all the workers are also checked by the doctors while entering the Amul premises. Mr Sodhi thanked centre and state government for the support in ensuring uninterrupted supply of milk during the lockdown. APARNA Khunt  AIR News, Ahmedabad."


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In line with Council of Scientific and Industrial Research CSIR’s special efforts, its constituent lab Central Electrochemical Research Institute, CECRI at Karaikudi in Tamil Nadu, has come out with helping hands to reach out to the society through scientific service in mitigating COVID-19. CSIR-CECRI has prepared series of lab made PPEs that include Hand sanitizer solutions, as per the WHO recommendations, Hand wash solutions using coconut oil and Sodium hypochlorite based disinfectant solutions.  These solutions were packed in containers, printed for instructions to use and distributed to the needy organizations at free of cost. So far, around 350 Litres of Hand sanitizers, 250 Litres of Hand wash solutions and 1000 Litres of Hypo-disinfactants have been distributed.  CECRI plans to continue this distribution till the COVID-19 situation restores to normalcy. It has recently started offering digital training of making face masks by interested rural women to help them as well as to cater to the needs of their neighbourhood.    


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Science and Engineering Research Board, a statutory body of the Department of Science and Technology is supporting a technology by the Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering at IIT Bombay for capturing and inactivation of novel corona virus, the causative agent of COVID-19. The funding will help the team develop a gel that can be applied to nasal passage, which is a major entry point of the corona virus. The solution is not only expected to protect the safety of health workers, but can also lead to reduction in community transmission of COVID-19, thereby helping disease management.


Given the contagious nature of COVID-19, health providers including doctors and nurses are at maximum risk while taking care of COVID-19 patients, particularly asymptomatic ones who cannot be detected and pose a greater risk in spreading the disease. The team is planning a 2-pronged approach to limit transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the causative agent of COVID-19. The first component of the strategy will be to inhibit binding of viruses to host cells. It is expected to reduce host cell infection, viruses will still remain active, therefore, raising the need to inactivate them.


Secondly, biological molecules would be incorporated, which would inactivate the trapped viruses in a manner similar to that of detergents. Upon completion, this approach will lead to development of gels that can be locally applied in the nasal cavity.


Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Prof Ashutosh Sharma,  said, the health care workers and others working in the front-line of fight against the virus deserve a fool-proof protection. He said, the nasal gel being developed in conjunction with other protective measures, will provide a strong extra layer of defense.


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Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) in Hyderabad and Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB) New Delhi have started working together on the whole genome sequencing of novel coronavirus. CCMB Director Dr. Rakesh Mishra said, this will help them to understand the evolution of the virus. He said, this study will also help them to know how fast it evolves and what the future aspects of it are.


Each institute is continuously working on the whole genome sequencing. In the next 3-4 weeks researchers would be able to get at least 200-300 isolates and this information would help them to make some further conclusion about behaviour of this virus.  For this purpose, National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune has also been requested to provide virus that has been isolated from various places. This will help the scientists to cover the whole country to get a bigger and clearer picture. This will help the institutes to establish the family tree of the virus.

In addition to this, the institute has also increased the testing capacity.


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Border Security Force (BSF) is at the forefront in fight against Corona Virus. Wherever BSF jawans are patrolling along Pakistan and Bangladesh Border, they are also spreading awareness to fight Covid-19. However, the operational activities is also not stopped. The vigil has been enhanced to prevent any mischief of trans border criminals. There were also some seizures of contraband items on eastern and western Borders during this lock down period. Amidst this lockdown, BSF formations have come forward to help people through awareness campaigns, providing face masks and soaps for hand wash and also providing rations to the needy. In many parts of the country where migrant labours were stuck during lock down, they are being provided with ration and food.


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In Tamil Nadu, the city civic body in Chennai has organised mobile provision stores, while its planning authority has arranged mobile vegetable and fruit shops. The move is aimed at helping people to get the essential things easily during the curfew that is in force. More from our correspondent:


" During the lockdown periods, concerns used to be raised about the easy availability of essential commodities. To address the issue, the Chennai Corporation has persuaded the retail traders in the city to run seven thousand mobile provision stores. The civic body has said five thousand three-wheelers and 2000 mini-trucks will be crisscrossing the city streets every day with the provisions. The traders have been asked to sell them by wearing gloves and masks. On its part, the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority has made arrangements for running a hundred mobile vegetable and fruit selling units. The residential welfare associations have been asked to register themselves with the planning authority’s website or through phone for directing the vehicles to reach them.  Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."


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In Kerala, Local self-government institutions and Self Help groups are undertaking several measures to improve the life of migrant labourers in th state during this lock down period. We have a report:-


"In kannur in Kerala , kannur corporation along with district administration has implemented "kannur thali" project in which food is made available for over 1400 migrants labourers and destitutes in the corporation limit.This noble venture is aimed at ensuring no one remains hungry during this difficult time.Similarly in Adimali in Idukki district the Police officials and Gram Panchayat members shifted a group  of migrant labourers who were found in very unhygienic condition in a small house with over 85 people living together. They were shifted to Adimali high school and were provided with clean living environment and food from community kitchen. They were also made aware on the  practices that should  be followed to prevent Covid 19 infection and were supplied with masks and sanitisers. These are representative of a large amount of  work going across Kerala under various local governments who are the true flag bearers  of making life better during this  battle time to contain Covid 19  in the State. With reports from PTC, kannur and Idukki, Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram."


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In Karnataka, the Primary and Secondary Education department has come out with a unique idea to start a You Tube channel that can invoke in children a passion for learning and creative activities during the lockdown period. Our correspondent has the details:


" The department wants to put out four or five such videos for an hour every day for the next 50 days. There is no restriction that these videos have to conform to the school syllabus. It has said that the videos could be narration of stories, book reading, puzzles, magic, origami or any such subject that evoke the interest of children and engage them in activities.  Though there is no payment for the videos contributed, the department has promised that such efforts will be acknowledged by the department. Sudhindra AIR News Bengaluru."

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Its more than two weeks now after the nationwide lockdown was announced to contain the spread of COVID19 in the country and the lockdown has been very smooth in the frontier state of Arunachal Pradesh.


Arunachal Pradesh government is ensuring that essential items reaches every nook and corner of the state and no one is left out. Helicopter sorties are being carried out for the supply of essential commodities to far flung areas not connected by roads. In the capital city Itanagar, District administration has made arrangements for home delivery of essential commodities through various agencies. LPG cooking gas are also being home delivered.


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In our series 'Expert Speak' on All India Radio, we bring you the views of the leading medical experts on COVID-19.  Dr. Randeep Guleria, Director, AIIMS said that people should engage themselves in various activities in their homes to keep them mentally and physically fit during the lock down.


Dr. Rakesh Garg, Professor in AIIMS Delhi said preventive measures will contain the spread of the corona virus.


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Prominent persons have appealed the people to follow the lockdown guidelines as announced by the government. Noted musician and Singer Shankar Mahadevan urged people to become  Corona warriors by following the guidelines. 


Indian woman cricketer Anjum Chopra asked people to stay home to stay safe.


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We spoke to some people who shared how they are utilising their time during the lock down.


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Indian Council for Cultural Relations has come up with a unique Art initiative amidst the global battle against novel Coronavirus.  Speaking exclusively to AIR News, ICCR President Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe said that the initiative provides people a unique opportunity to express themselves in these uneasy times of a global contagion.


Participants are required to send high resolution photos of their work to ICCR by the 1st of next month.   


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UN Chief Antonio Guterres has suspended the rotation and deployments of the peacekeepers until 30th of June to mitigate the risk of transmission of the novel coronavirus. Speaking at his daily press briefing yesterday, UN Chief's spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said that their priorities are to ensure the COVID-19-free status of incoming uniformed personnel, and mitigate the risk that UN peacekeepers could be a contagion vector while simultaneously maintaining their operational capabilities.


Mr Dujarric said to prevent and contain the risk of transmission of the deadly virus, rotation and deployments of individual officers and police and military units has been suspended until June 30 and the decision has been transmitted to all Troop and Police Contributing Countries, as well as to all relevant peace operations.


He added that a few exceptions may be considered to continue to deliver on the mandate, but only in extenuating circumstances. India is among the largest troop contributing nations to the UN peacekeeping operations.


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Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invoked Lord Hanuman's Sanjivani quest to request New Delhi to export Hydoxychloroquine, the anti-malaria drug.  Hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malarial drug that US President Donald Trump has touted as cure for coronavirus patients, has become one the most sought after drugs worldwide.  Mr Bolsonaro wrote Lord Hanuman brought the holy medicine from the Himalayas to save the life of Lord Rama's brother Laksmana.


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The News Services Division of All India Radio in its bilingual live phone-in programme tonight will bring you a Special Discussion Programme on COVID-19.  Dr CH Mohan Rao, Distinguished Scientist, CSIR will participate in the discussion.  This can be heard tonight on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9.10 PM onwards. 


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