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11.07.2020

THE HEADLINES:

  • Recovery rate of Covid-19 patients reaches 62.78 per cent in the country; Over five lakh 15 thousand recovered so far.


  • DCGI approves Itolizumab for restricted emergency use on COVID-19 patients.


  • HRD Ministry formulates detailed SOP for conducting University examinations across the country.


  • Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu calls for adoption of environment friendly architecture and designs in the country, to address future health threats. 


  • In Jammu and Kashmir, two terrorists killed in Handwara area of Kupwara district.


  • In Arunachal Pradesh, six NSCN IM cadres gunned down in Longding District.

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The  Government has said that the total number of people who have recovered from coronavirus infection has crossed the five lakh mark. A total of five lakh 15 thousand 386 people affected with coronavirus have recovered in the country so far. In the past 24 hours, 19 thousand 873 people have recovered from Covid-19 and with this the recovery rate reached 62.78 per cent.

   

In terms of recovery rate, the top five States and Union Territories are Ladakh, Chhattisgarh, Uttrakhand, Delhi and Rajasthan wherein the recovery rate is above 76 per cent. In terms of number of people who have recovered from coronavirus, Maharashtra stands at top position followed by Delhi and Tamil Nadu. There are 19 States and Union Territories with recovery rate  above the national average.

 

The Health and Family Welfare Ministry said, a total of 27 thousand 114 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the country within 24 hours taking the total number of cases to eight lakh 20 thousand 916. This is the highest number of fresh cases recorded in India since the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic in the country. Presently, the total number of active corona cases in the country is two lakh 83 thousand 407. In a single day, 519 deaths have been reported taking the nationwide toll to 22 thousand 123. The case fatality rate  in the country is now  2.69 per cent.

 

Indian Council of Medical Research, ICMR said that a total of two lakh 82 thousand 511 samples have been tested for corona virus by various laboratories in the country in the last 24 hours. So far, one crore 13 lakh seven thousand two tests have been conducted.

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The Drug Controller General of India, DCGI has approved Itolizumab for restricted emergency use on COVID-19 patients with moderate to severe acute respiratory distress syndrome. Drug Controller General of India has approved Itolizumab injection for the treatment of 'cytokine' release syndrome in moderate to severe acute respiratory distress syndrome in patients due to COVID-19. The drug was approved after satisfactory result from clinical trials. Itolizumab injection is already an approved drug of Biocon Limited used for the treatment of patients with active moderate to severe psoriasis.    

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The Human Resource Development Ministry has formulated a detailed Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for conducting University examinations in the country. The SOP formulated in association with the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Health have been devised to ensure students' safety, fairness and equal opportunity amid COVID-19 global pandemic.  Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal has said that the UGC has issued a guideline to conduct all the examinations of the terminal semester in the Universities by 30th September this year. He said, these exams will be conducted through offline, online or mixed mode. HRD Minister informed that in case any student of final year is unable to appear in these examinations, the student will be given an opportunity at a later stage. Mr. Pokhriyal asserted that ensuring academic credibility, career opportunities and progress of students holds prime importance in the education system. He added that the educational evaluation of students is a very important milestone in any education system.

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Given the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in the country, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India, IRDAI, has allowed 30 general and health insurers to launch short-term ‘Corona Kavach' health insurance policies. The policy will cover medical expenses occurred due to coronavirus disease. The insurance regulator said that it has designed a standard Covid specific product addressing basic health insurance needs of insuring public with common policy wordings across the industry. The sum insured amount of the policy ranges between fifty thousand rupees to five lakh rupees.

 

This policy can be availed by persons between the age of 18 to 65 years. People can avail the Corona Kavach policy for Self, spouse, parents, parents-in-law and dependent children up to 25 years of age. The IRDAI has said that the policy will also provide for any co-morbid condition triggered due to Covid-19 during the period of hospitalization.

 

The authority had issued clearance to 30 General and Health Insurance companies to market this Corona Kavach Policy. Following the IRDAI order, several insurers have already announced the launch of the ‘Corona Kavach' policies for three -and-a-half months; six-and-a-half months; and nine-and-a-half months.

 

Home care expenses benefit up to a period of 14 days will also be covered in the policy for those seeking treatment within the comfort of their own homes, on the advice of a medical practitioner.

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In Bihar, fresh complete lockdown has been imposed today  in five districts of Nalanda, Vaishali, Begusarai, Jamui and Gopalganj  due to an alarming increase in the number of Covid-19 cases. With this, lockdown has been imposed in 15 districts of the state. Six days lockdown has been imposed in three districts of Nalanda, Vaishali and Begusarai. In Jamui district, there will be a five day lockdown. Lockdown has been imposed in four blocks of Gopalganj till July 18th.


"The state government has instructed all government hospitals to reserve 50 percent of beds or at least 100 beds for corona patients. At present ,Nalanda Medical College and Hospital NMCH,Patna, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital, Bhagalpur ,and Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College and Hospital at Gaya are the three dedicated Covid-19 hospitals in Bihar with  over 2,300 beds. AIIMS Patna has been declared as the fourth dedicated hospital in the state. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar instructed health officials to increase testing.  Meanwhile,  352 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the state taking the tally to 14,330. 10,251 persons have recovered so far. With 3,967 patients undergoing the treatment at various hospitals. Recovery rate in Bihar stands at 72 per cent.  Door to door health survey is being done in the containment zones to identify suspected positive cases. With K K Lal's report from Patna Tripti AIR News.

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The Uttar Pradesh government has  launched a massive sanitisation drive across the state today. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is himself monitoring the drive aimed at containing Covid 19 in the state.  UP is under a series of restrictions for a period of 55 hours since last night. The restrictions, which started at 10 PM last night, will continue till 5 AM on Monday. Our correspondent reports that a few amendments in restrictions were issued by Chief Secretary of state RK Tiwari last evening before the imposition of restriction period. Now all industrial activities will continue in state as usual, but adherence to the social distancing guidelines are a must. Also, it is compulsory to establish Covid desk in all industrial units.  Religious places are also open today and tomorrow. Special nodal officers have been appointed in all 75 districts for the massive sanitization campaign.

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In Arunachal Pradesh, 33 new COVID19 positive cases have been reported  taking the total number of patients in the  state to 335. Of these 33 new cases, 4 are frontline workers and a two-year-old child.  The number of active positive cases stands at 213, with 120 recovered and 2 deaths.

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Due to the evolving situation of COVID 19 in Karnataka, testing protocol has been revised. For an early detection of infection the state has started COVID 19 antigen tests along with RT PCR tests in Bengaluru where the cases are detected in large numbers in the last few days. The health department will carry out 20,000 antigen tests in Bengaluru beginning today.


"The state reported 2313 new cases yesterday, with Bengaluru urban district contributing the highest of 1447 positive cases. The city has 11,687 active cases with 206 deaths with a recovery rate of a little over 22 percent. Hence the state Government has decided to take up antigen tests along with the RT PCR tests in Bengaluru. Karnataka’s fatality rate is 3.8 percent and that of Bengaluru urban is 6 percent. Tumkuru district with a fatality rate of 12.9 percent is highest in the state followed by Dharwad with 9.5 percent and Bidar with 9.3 percent. The figures related to people in active quarantine reflects upon the magnitude of the pandemic in the state.  Sudhindra AIR news Bengaluru."

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In some relief to the people of Mumbai, the cases of COVID-19  in the metropolis has gone below 1.50 per cent. There are as many as 22,738 active cases of Covid-19 in the city. The doubling rate too has slowed down to near 50 days. More in this report from our Mumbai correspondent..


It is perhaps for the first time that Mumbai, the hotspot of novel coronavirus has seen the dip in the cases which has now gone below 1.50 per cent. The doubling rate slowed down to 47 days. The recovery rate in the city has reached 68 per cent. Also, the effective measures taken by the Maharashtra government, Central government and  the Mumbai civic body to contain the outbreak in critical points such as Dharavi has drawn praises from the World Health Organisation. The WHO chief, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus while citing the example of Dharavi, which is home to 10 lakh people said it is an example of how the virus can be brought under control. He tweeted, Dharavi – a densely packed area in the megacity of Mumbai – a strong focus on community engagement and the basics of testing, tracing, isolating and treating all those that are sick is key to breaking the chains of transmission and suppressing the virus. Meanwhile, steady increase in Covid cases has led to re-imposition of lockdown in Pune, Thane, Kalyan, Nanded, Wardha and Mira- Bhayandar.  Kunal Shinde,  AIR News, Mumbai."

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In Gujarat, out of 40,155 total cases of Covid-19, 22,849 cases are in Ahmedabad alone. Similarly, out of total 2024 deaths, more than 1500 deaths were recorded in Ahmedabad. However, the latest data suggest that the new cases and deaths are decreasing in Ahmedabad.


"Ahmedabad district has reported 165 new cases and 5 deaths during the last 24 hours. While 161 patients from the district also discharged from the hospitals after recovery during the same period. The positive sign is that the number of new cases and deaths are decreasing. According to sources, the new cases and deaths during the first 10 days of July reduced in comparison to its previous 10 days.  22 per cent drop recorded in new cases, while 45 percent drop recorded in number of deaths. 1832 new cases and 70 deaths recorded during the first 10 days of July in Ahmedabad district, against the 2349 new cases and 129 deaths during the previous 10 days. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad."

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In our series 'Expert Speak' on All India Radio, we bring you the views of some leading medical experts on COVID-19. Talking to AIR News, Dr. Uma Kumar, Head of  Rheumatology Department, AIIMS suggested to the people to follow social distancing, hand hygiene and cough etiquettes.


President of Public Health Foundation of India, Dr K Srinath Reddy said, India is in a much better position as compared to rest of the world as far as the COVID-19 cases are concerned and the measures taken are yielding results.

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Participating in AIR live phone in programme on COVID 19, Dr Madhur Yadav, Professor of Medicine at Lady Hardinge Medical College advised people to follow proper respiratory etiquettes when going outside for work.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi  today reviewed the Covid 19 situation in the country. He took stock of the situation in various parts of the country and the preparedness of various states. Mr. Modi stressed on the need to observe personal hygiene and social discipline in public places. The Prime Minister said awareness about Covid-19 should be disseminated widely and a continuous emphasis should be laid on preventing spread of the infection.  The Prime Minister reiterated that there is no room for any complacency in this regard. He appreciated the concerted efforts of the Centre, State and local authorities in containing the pandemic situation in Delhi. Mr. Modi further directed that similar approach should be adopted with other State Governments in containing the Covid-19 pandemic in the entire NCR area.


The successful example of surveillance and home based care through ‘DhanvantriRath’ in Ahmedabad was highlighted and it was directed that it may be emulated in other places.  The Prime Minister also directed that real time national level monitoring and guidance should be provided to all affected States and places with high test positivity rate. The review meeting was attended  by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Member, NITI Aayog, Cabinet Secretary and other senior officials.

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Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has called for adoption of environment friendly architecture and designs in the country, to address future health threats. He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of  the National Conference of Indian Institute of Architects virtually today. Mr. Naidu urged architects and designers to answer the challenges posed by the pandemic through modification in their designs. He said, the design and architecture fraternity needs to regroup and look for solutions to the problems created by the current crisis, while envisioning ways to tackle future threats. Vice President emphasised that structures should be built in such a way that enough natural light and ventilation is available for the residents.  Mr. Naidu called for novel thoughts and ideas for building environment-friendly structures which can be sustained on renewable energy sources. He also asked for engaging the local artists and artisans for construction and design related works in Smart City projects.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has welcomed foreign investment in the renewable energy sector and said that India is seen as a model for clean energy. Calling solar energy "sure, pure, and secure", Mr Modi said India is one of the most attractive markets for clean energy.   The Prime Minister was inaugurating Asia’s biggest solar project in Rewa, Madhya Pradesh through video link yesterday. The 750 MW plant in Rewa is the first renewable energy project to provide energy outside the state to the Delhi Metro.  

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share his thoughts with the people in the country and abroad in the 'Mann Ki Baat' programme on All India Radio on 26th of this month. It will be the 67th episode of the monthly radio programme. In a tweet, Mr Modi has asked people to share inspiring anecdotes of how collective efforts have brought about positive changes and transformed many lives. People can send their inputs by dialing 1800-11-7800 and  recording a message. They can also share inputs on the specially created Open Forum on the NaMo App or on  MyGov. The programme will be broadcast on entire network of AIR and Doordarshan

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In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, suspicious movement was observed by security forces at Naugam sector along the Line of Control in Handwara area of north Kashmir's Kupwara district in the wee hours today. According to the Army, the forces swiftly launched an ambush, resulting in the elimination of two terrorists. Two AK-47 rifles and war like stores have been recovered. Talking to media, Major General Virendra Vats said the heavily armed terrorists had taken  the route through Pakistani posts in the area.

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In Arunachal Pradesh, Security forces have gunned down six NSCN IM cadres in Longding District this morning. The operation was carried out by Assam Rifles and Arunachal Pradesh police. According to Police the joint operation was carried out under Nginu village area, Wakka Circle in Longding District. During the operation, one Assam Rifles jawan is also reported to be injured. DGP Arunachal Pradesh RP Upadhyaya has informed that four AK 47 rifles, 2 hand grenades, 2 Assault Rifles and IEDs were recovered from the slain cadres.

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National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has suggested some meausres to be followed by the people during the flood season so that the losses can be minimised. Taking to AIR News NDMA Member Kamal Kishore advised the people that before the flood, they should keep their  mobile phones charged for emergency communication and listen to radio, watch television and read newspapers for timely weather s.


Mr Kishore said, during flood, the people should avoid  entering  flooded water and  stay away from electric poles and power lines and eat freshly cooked and dry food that has been kept covered.

   

The NDMA Member also advised people not to eat food that has been in flood water and use mosquito nets to prevent malaria.

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RBI Governor Shaktikant Das has said that Indian economy is returning to normalcy after the ease in lockdown in the country. He was addressing the 7th SBI Banking and Economics Conclave today.  He said that Covid 19 was the worst health and economic crisis in the last 100 years with unprecedented negative consequences for output, jobs & well-being. He however added that after the ease in lockdown there are signs of improvement in the economy. Mr. Das said that Multi pronged approach of the apex bank has provided a cushion to the immediate impact of the pandemic on the banks.


The RBI Governor cautioned that the medium term outlook is uncertain and depends on the Covid-19 curve.

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Union Coal and Mines Minister Pralhad Joshi has said that Coal India limited has been given sufficient coal blocks to achieve the production target of one billion tonnes by 2023-24. Addressing media persons in Dharwad yesterday, he said India imported 250 million tonnes of coal last year and to avoid this, commercial mining of coal blocks will be encouraged.

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The Tamilnadu Women's welfare department, in conjunction with the Department of Animal Husbandry has devised an alternative employment scheme for rural and suburban women. Dr V Saroja, State Minister for Women's Welfare inaugurated the scheme, being implemented through Self Help Groups at Namakkal, near Trichy today. Under the scheme, women are being given country bred poultry samples along with necessary accessories. The scheme is of special importance, as Namakkal is a major centre for egg trade in South India. 

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The fourth cycle of the All India Tiger Estimation 2018 has entered the Guinness World Record for being the world’s largest camera trap wildlife survey. Terming this achievement as a great moment, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said in a tweet  that this is a shining example of Atma nirbhar Bharat which was attained through sankalp se siddhi. The Environment Minister said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India has fulfilled its resolve to double the tiger numbers four years before the target. The country now has an estimated 2967 tigers as per the latest census.

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Now, Let us take a look at the weather s for today.

 

The national capital Delhi may witness generally cloudy sky with Light rain. The minimum temperature was recorded at 28 degrees Celsius while the maximum is expected to be around 37 degrees.

 

Mumbai is expected to have a generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The city witnessed a minimum temperature of 28 degrees Celsius and will have a maximum of around 33 degrees.

 

In Chennai, the temperature will hover between 23 and 34 degrees Celsius. The city will have a generally cloudy sky with moderate rain.

Kolkata will have partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers with a minimum temperature of 28 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature will be nearly 36 degrees.

 

In Jammu and Kashmir; the minimum temperature was 23 degrees Celsius in Jammu while maximum will be around 38 degrees. The city is likely to have partly cloudy sky with  possibility of rain or Thunderstorm or Duststorm. 

 

In Srinagar, the temperature will hover between 17 and 33 degrees Celsius. The city is expected to witness partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or Thunderstorm or Duststorm.

 

In Gilgit, the minimum temperature was recorded at 16 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 33 degrees and the sky will be partly cloudy with possibility of rain or Thunderstorm or Duststorm.

 

Muzzafarabad may see partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or Thunderstorm or Duststorm. The place witnessed a minimum temperature of 21 degrees Celsius while maximum temperature will be around 38 degrees.

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