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Centre’s Inter Ministerial team visits Mumbai to review lockdown

Centre’s Inter Ministerial team visits Mumbai to review lockdown

Coronavirus cases in Maharashtra have surged to 4676 with 472 new cases reported till now.

572 patients have been cured and discharged from hospitals. Two Inter-Ministerial Central Teams are on a visit to make on-spot assessment of the situation and issue necessary directions to State Authorities for its redressal.

In wake of the increasing number of Coronavirus patients in Mumbai and Pune, two Inter-Ministerial Central Teams are on a visit to assess the situation.  The IMCT, headed by Sanjay Malhotra, additional secretary, Ministry of Power has reached Pune and held discussions with Collector, Commissioner and other authorities.

This team and other teams in Mumbai will visit various places in both the cities and submit their report to the Central Government in the larger interest of the general public. They are also expected to focus on issues like the supply of essential commodities, social distancing in the movement of people outside their homes, the preparedness of the health infrastructure, the safety of health professionals, availability of test kits and conditions of the relief camps for labor and poor people.

Meanwhile, at least 53 media persons from Mumbai have tested positive for coronavirus. BMC has isolated them in a hotel for the next 14 days. Efforts are also on to trace their high and low-risk contacts.

Health Minister launches interactive platform ‘COVID India Seva’

Health Minister launches interactive platform ‘COVID India Seva’

Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Dr Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday launched the COVID India Seva, which provided an interactive platform to establish a direct channel of communication with millions of Indians amid the pandemic.

This initiative is aimed at enabling transparent e-governance delivery in real-time and answering citizen queries swiftly, at scale, especially in crisis situations like the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Through this, people can pose queries @CovidIndiaSeva  and get them responded to in almost real-time.

@CovidIndiaSeva works off a dashboard at the backend that helps process large volumes of tweets, converts them into resolvable tickets, and assigns them to the relevant authority for real-time resolution.

The Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan announced the dedicated account @CovidIndiaSeva with a tweet.

Announcing the launch of @CovidIndiaSeva to respond to citizens’ queries, real-time!

Trained experts will share authoritative public health information swiftly at scale, helping to build a direct channel for communication with citizens.

Minority Affairs Minister says rights of all citizens including minorities are guaranteed

Minority Affairs Minister says rights of all citizens including minorities are guaranteed

Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Tuesday said secularism and harmony is not political fashion but it is the perfect passion for India and the Indians.

Speaking to media in New Delhi, Naqvi said, this inclusive culture and commitment has united the country with the fabric of Unity in Diversity. He said, constitutional, social and religious rights of all the citizens including the Minorities is India’s constitutional and moral guarantee. Naqvi said Muslims are prosperous in India and those trying to vitiate the atmosphere cannot be their friends. He said people should remain cautious of any type of fake news and conspiracies aimed at creating misinformation.

He said, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the entire country is united in fight against Corona by breaking all barriers of caste, religion, and region.

Naqvi said all the Muslim religious leaders, Imams, religious and social organizations and the Muslim community have jointly decided to offer prayers and perform other religious rituals during the holy month of Ramadan staying inside their homes.

He said, more than 30 state Waqf Boards have started working on the strategy to ensure strict and honest implementation of lockdown and social distancing during the holy month of Ramadan with the coordination and cooperation of all the Muslim religious leaders, Imams, religious and social organizations, the Muslim community and local administration.

The Minister said that people should cooperate with health workers, security forces, administrative officers, sanitation workers as they are working for the safety and well-being of people even by putting their lives at risk in this Corona pandemic.

 

Coronavirus: Amit Shah reviews Covid-19 situation as cases continue to rise

Coronavirus: Amit Shah reviews Covid-19 situation as cases continue to rise

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Amit Shah reviewed the COVID-19 situation in the country on Saturday
  • He reviewed operations of the MHA Control Room, which monitors and gets feedback from states during the lockdown
  • Shah was also briefed about the migrant crisis situation in the country

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday reviewed the government’s COVID-19 control room and the situation in various states amid the lockdown.

Shah reviewed operations of the MHA Control Room, which is monitoring and getting feedback from all states and various other ministries during the period.

Therefore, the control room is playing a pivotal role in connecting the state with Centre in India’s fight against COVID-19.

Shah reviewed several aspects of the control room and was also briefed about the status of essential deliveries amid lockdown.

According to media reports, Shah was also briefed about the migrant crisis situation in the country due to the lockdown till May 3.

Though migrant laborers have got aid from the government including shelter, there are many who feel they will be safer back home. All of them are now eagerly waiting for the situation to ease from April 20.

Meanwhile, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in India crossed 15,000 as of Sunday. Over 500 people have died after testing positive for COVID-19.

 

Use rapid antibody test kits in COVID-19 hotspot areas: ICMR

Use rapid antibody test kits in COVID-19 hotspot areas: ICMR

Indian Council of Medical Research has issued an advisory mentioning the protocol for using Rapid Antibody Test kits in Covid-19 hotspot areas in view of the various states that intend to use these kits in the affected areas.

ICMR has said that the National Task Force has carefully reviewed the data evolving from various countries on the use of such kits and based on available evidence, the testing strategy for COVID-19 has been revised.

The research body said, while using the rapid antibody test kits, it is critical to understand that the gold standard frontline test for COVID-19 diagnosis is Real-Time PCR based molecular test, which is aimed at early virus detection. The rapid antibody test cannot replace the frontline test. It also said that the rapid antibody test is a supplementary tool to assess the prevalence of the diseases within a specific area and the rapid antibody test will only be of utility after a minimum of seven days of onset of symptoms.

ICMR said that data about these rapid tests is emerging and understanding of their utility for diagnosis is still evolving. It said, the rapid tests are useful for epidemiological studies and surveillance purposes and the test has to done under strict medical supervision.

It further said that in case any state does not have a hot spot, these tests may be used for any hotspot which may emerge in the future or as a surveillance tool for epidemiological purposes in such areas where cases have not emerged so far.

e-Commerce companies will remain prohibited during lockdown: MHA

e-Commerce companies will remain prohibited during lockdown: MHA

Home Ministry today said that the supply of non-essential goods by e-Commerce companies will remain prohibited during the lockdown.

Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla issued an order excluding the non-essential items from sale by the e-commerce companies from the consolidated revised guidelines, which listed the exemption given to the services and people from the purview of the lockdown.