Corona Virus Covid 19

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There is an easy way to figure out the number of infections. The best way is to compute (the number of positives/number of people tested) based on available data. This rate is about 20% for USA and 2% for India. Even if we assume a lower number of 1% and consider 7+ billion world population. If everyone gets tested then there are at least 100+ million that are infected. Even if the death rate is 3%, we are looking at 3 million deaths worldwide. I am sure that governments are estimating numbers using similar metrics and pretty much know that there is no way they can control this except to pretend that they are in charge and doing something about the problem.

I am sure that Trump knew about this but decided to delay action because he was worried about the impact on the economy. These 100 million+ infections certainly did not happen in the last few months. They probably happened over more than a year.
 

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In India, similar thoughts were there.
No one bothered about it till others started to Lockdown and news of deaths started to blame Covid-19. Most of the countries took precautions after news of deaths and testing done at large scales.
Corona was already there and only need was to blame it with tests.
Many people already die with swine flu or other type of fever, pneomonia, etc. during this time of year.
Corona will be here and live with us for long time.
Your immunity can only fight, Nothing else can fight like this other than taking regular precautions to avoid getting it.

Indian Govt put budget of only 15000 crores to fight this disease on 20 March 2020.
Imagine how much serious Even the Govt was then at that point of time.
 

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In a first, Bronx zoo tiger 'Nadia' tests positive for Covid-19, develops dry cough, loss of appetite
The Bronx zoo said preventative measures were in place for caretakers as well as all cats in the city's zoos.
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The Bronx zoo said preventative measures were in place for caretakers as well as all cats in the city's zoos.



The Bronx zoo said preventative measures were in place for caretakers as well as all cats in the city's zoos.


NEW YORK: A tiger at New York's Bronx Zoo has tested positive for Covid-19, the institution said Sunday, and is believed to have contracted the virus from a caretaker who was asymptomatic at the time.

The four-year-old Malayan tiger named Nadia along with her sister Azul, two Amur tigers and three African lions all developed dry coughs and are expected to fully recover, the Wildlife Conservation Society that runs the city's zoos said in a statement.

"We tested the cat out of an abundance of caution and will ensure any knowledge we gain about Covid-19 will contribute to the world's continuing understanding of this novel coronavirus," the statement sent to AFP said.

"Though they have experienced some decrease in appetite, the cats at the Bronx Zoo are otherwise doing well under veterinary care and are bright, alert, and interactive with their keepers," the statement continued.

"It is not known how this disease will develop in big cats since different species can react differently to novel infections, but we will continue to monitor them closely and anticipate full recoveries."

All four of the zoos and the aquarium in New York -- whose virus death toll has topped 4,000 -- have been closed since March 16.


The zoo emphasised that there is "no evidence that animals play a role in the transmission of Covid-19 to people other than the initial event in the Wuhan market, and no evidence that any person has been infected with Covid-19 in the US by animals, including by pet dogs or cats."

Chinese disease control officials had identified wild animals sold in a Wuhan market as the source of the coronavirus pandemic that has infected well over one million people worldwide.

According to the US Department of Agriculture website there had "not been reports of pets or other animals" in the United States falling ill with coronavirus prior to news of the tiger Nadia.

"It is still recommended that people sick with Covid-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus," the department's website says.

In late March a pet cat was discovered infected with the novel coronavirus in Belgium, following similar cases in Hong Kong where two dogs tested positive for Covid-19.

All of those animals are believed to have contracted the virus from the people they live with.

The Bronx zoo said preventative measures were in place for caretakers as well as all cats in the city's zoos.



In a first, Bronx zoo tiger 'Nadia' tests positive for Covid-19, develops dry cough, loss of appetite
 
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With best recovery rate, Kerala is the flagbearer of India's fight against Covid-19
According to a ToI report, healthcare experts have cited Kerala's early identification system and its specialised Covid-care wards as the main reasons behind the state's good recovery rate. As of today, the number of confirmed cases in the state stands at 314; as many as 55 of them have recovered while two have died.
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Last Updated: Apr 06, 2020, 01.53 PM IST



With best recovery rate, Kerala is the flagbearer of India's fight against Covid-19


Food delivery guys on a Thiruvananthapuram street during the lockdown. As of now, Kerala boasts of the highest recovery rate from Covid.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The state in India that encountered novel coronavirus first has also notched up the best recovery rate in the country, recently released data showed.

The records of Covid-19 patients who tested positive between March 9 and 20 show Kerala as having a high rate of recovery at 84 per cent. In all, the rate stands at 17 per cent so far when one takes into account all cases in the state till date, beginning with the first case — that of the Wuhan-based student — that was reported on January 30.

In comparison, Maharashtra has a recovery rate of 5.5 per cent, while the rate for Delhi is 4.04 per cent.

According to a ToI report, healthcare experts have cited Kerala's early identification system and its specialised Covid-care wards as the main reasons behind the state's good recovery rate. As of today, the number of confirmed cases in the state stands at 314; as many as 55 of them have recovered while two have died.

Along with Kerala, Maharashtra has also seen a decent rate of recovery, but it lags significantly behind Kerala in one parameter. Kerala has managed to avert spikes in number of cases since the first spurt in March, but Maharashtra has not been able to do so, numbers collated by ToI show.

The same numbers also show that Kerala's rate of discharge too is higher than all major states. So is its rate of sample collection, where it lags only behind Rajasthan.

Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja has been praised for the way in which she has been leading the state’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The state's earlier encounters with viruses like Nipah and Ebola also seem to have prepared the state to deal with such episodes in a better way, some experts say.


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COVID-19 outbreak: Amid equipment shortage, a curious case of imported used ventilators

A Chennai-based company Skylark Office Machines imported these ventilators in November 2018 from a US-based firm. The customs authorities confiscated the consignment and imposed penalty on the goods. But, the importer approached the CESTAT which set aside the orders of the customs authorities and allowed the company to re-export the goods back t ..


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[Image: Ventilater_reuters] Some of the major suppliers in the country have stated that they have acute shortage of ventilators in view of the increasing demand worldwide amid the coronavirus outbreak.
New Delhi: At a time when the world is struggling to get ventilators to treat COVID-19 patients, 200 such equipment are lying at Chennai port but they are 'second-hand' or 'used' ones and come under the 'hazardous' category. Import of such used equipment is prohibited under hazardous waste management rules of the Ministry of Environment and Forest.

A Chennai-based company Skylark Office Machines imported these ventilators in November 2018 from a US-based firm, according to sources.

The customs authorities confiscated the consignment and imposed penalty on the goods. But, the importer approached the Customs, Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal (CESTAT) which set aside the orders of the customs authorities and allowed the company to re-export the goods back to the US, they said.

Things took turn as the central government banned exports of all kinds of ventilators during the last week of March amid the coronavirus outbreak.

After this decision, it was impossible for the company to re-export the consignment.

The firm sent a communication to the Chennai office of the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) seeking clearance of the consignment as a "special case" to enable use of those ventilators at government medical institution, Tamil Nadu, for tackling the COVID-19 outbreak.

"We appeal to you that the policy condition may be relaxed to cover clearance of these goods already imported by us as a very special case to enable us to supply to Government of Tamil Nadu through Tamilnadu Medical Services Corporation Ltd (a fully-owned Tamil Nadu government company) for use in the government medical institution in Tamil Nadu for tackling COVID-19 patients," according to the communication of the company, dated March 31, 2020, accessed by .

On this, Tamil Nadu Medical Services Corporation in a communication date March 31 to Chennai DGFT sought clearance of the consignment of used ventilators imported by Skylark Office Machines.

The Corporation appealed that the policy condition may be relaxed to cover clearance of these goods so that it can be used to treat COVID-19 patients.

DGFT headquarters at the national capital has finally given the approval on April 4 after getting clearance from the Ministry of Environment and Forest.

The Directorate has also written to the chief secretary and health secretary of Tamil Nadu to check the specifications, standards, quality and safety of these used/old ventilators before using that in hospitals to treat the patients.

Skylark Office Machine owner Rohit Jhunjhunwala did not responded to the repeated calls and even to messages sent to him to get his comments on the matter.

Some of the major suppliers in the country have stated that they have acute shortage of ventilators in view of the increasing demand worldwide amid the coronavirus outbreak.

According to some reports, there is an over 30,000 ventilators in India with every state having a varying number.

Health experts have said only few of the total affected patients require critical care as they go on respiratory failure and need to put on ventilators while rest recover with supportive treatment.

According to Mumbai-based doctor Sachin Ramteke, few specific cases need ventilators and not all patients.

About the number of these equipment, he said that normally, a 100-bed hospital would keep ventilators for 10-20 beds in ICU, but now as the number of patients are increasing, hospitals are facing shortage of these equipment.


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With best recovery rate, Kerala is the flagbearer of India's fight against Covid-19

According to a ToI report, healthcare experts have cited Kerala's early identification system and its specialised Covid-care wards as the main reasons behind the state's good recovery rate. As of today, the number of confirmed cases in the state stands at 314; as many as 55 of them have recovered while two have died.



THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The state in India that encountered novel coronavirus first has also notched up the best recovery rate in the country, recently released data showed.

The records of Covid-19 patients who tested positive between March 9 and 20 show Kerala as having a high rate of recovery at 84 per cent. In all, the rate stands at 17 per cent so far when one takes into account all cases in the state till date, beginning with the first case — that of the Wuhan-based student — that was reported on January 30.

In comparison, Maharashtra has a recovery rate of 5.5 per cent, while the rate for Delhi is 4.04 per cent.

According to a ToI report, healthcare experts have cited Kerala's early identification system and its specialised Covid-care wards as the main reasons behind the state's good recovery rate. As of today, the number of confirmed cases in the state stands at 314; as many as 55 of them have recovered while two have died.

Along with Kerala, Maharashtra has also seen a decent rate of recovery, but it lags significantly behind Kerala in one parameter. Kerala has managed to avert spikes in number of cases since the first spurt in March, but Maharashtra has not been able to do so, numbers collated by ToI show.

The same numbers also show that Kerala's rate of discharge too is higher than all major states. So is its rate of sample collection, where it lags only behind Rajasthan.

Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja has been praised for the way in which she has been leading the state’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The state's earlier encounters with viruses like Nipah and Ebola also seem to have prepared the state to deal with such episodes in a better way, some experts say.

With best recovery rate, Kerala is the flagbearer of India's fight against Covid-19
 

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AP Medi-Tech Zone set to manufacture ventilators, Covid-19 testing kits
PTI Amaravati | Updated on April 05, 2020 Published on April 05, 2020

The Andhra Pradesh Medi-Tech Zone (AMTZ) is getting active, after a long spell of lull, to produce ventilators and Covid-19 testing kits that are critical in fighting the pandemic.
The Centre has already placed an order for 3,500 ventilators and the assembling of the units will start from April 15, according to the Andhra Special Chief Secretary (Industries and Commerce) Rajat Bhargava.
“The AMTZ will start with a capacity of making 3,000 ventilators during April and scale it up to 6,000 per month from May,” Bhargava told.

Hindustan Lifecare Ltd (HLL) would assist in the assembly of the ventilators.

Besides, 10,000 Covid-19 testing kits would be manufactured every week from Monday and the capacity would be increased to 25,000 kits a week by May.

“The required plant and machinery is being moved into Visakhapatnam for this and this could increase based on demand,” the Special Chief Secretary added.
Medical equipment manufacturing is a critical area that requires about 700 to 2,000 parts, most of which have to be imported from different international sources.
For ventilators, turbines, blenders, humidifiers, compressors are some of the critical components that have to be sourced from various allied sectors.
“Medical equipment manufacturing requires technology integration, assembly, quality control, testing and validation. TUV Rheiland of Germany is taking care of the testing part,” Bhargava said.
The Indian Council of Medical Research has approved the kits to be manufactured at the AMTZ while the Drug Controller General of India granted exemption from all manufacturing approvals for ventilators in view of the current crisis.
“With the support of the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India, we have selected six companies in the phase-1. The Centre is trying for more financial support for the project to accommodate larger number of partners,” the Special Chief Secretary added.
The state government, on its part, released ₹30 crore and the Centre ₹8 crore towards equipment and other infrastructure building in the AMTZ.
The Principal Scientific Advisor has written to AP Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy seeking to make the AMTZ the National Implementing Agency for medical equipment and the latter consented to create all required facilities for it.
“The Asian Development Bank has come forward to extend a ₹300 crore assistance for the expansion of AMTZ.
Accordingly, we will soon take up the phase-2 of the project in 200 acres and about 177 companies will set up their units to manufacture various critical medical equipment that will make India self-reliant,” Bhargava said.


Published on April 05, 2020



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Ban On Large Gatherings Extended Till April 30 In UP District Near Delhi

Coronavirus Updates: Noida has also been identified as one of the COVID-19 hotspots in the country by the centre.

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Reported by Mukesh Singh Sengar, Edited by Swati Bhasin
Updated: April 05, 2020 05:29 pm IST




Ban On Large Gatherings Extended Till April 30 In UP District Near Delhi


Paramilitary troops and policemen have been seen on roads in Noida.


Noida/ Delhi:
Ban on large gatherings has been extended in Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Buddha Nagar district near Delhi till April 30 amid rise in coronavirus cases. The twin cities of Noida-Greater Noida are a part of this district that has recorded 55 cases so far, one of the highest in UP.
Noida has also been identified as one of the COVID-19 hotspots in the country by the centre.
All political, cultural, religious, sports related exhibitions, rallies, processions among other events are banned till the end of this month. The district administration informed about the extension on ban on gatherings in a notice this afternoon.
"The centre has declared a nationwide lockdown till April 14. Detailed guidelines have been issued in this regard," the notice reads.
"A restrictive order was passed under Section 144 Criminal Procedure Code till 05.04.2020 under the restrictive measures for protection from coronavirus and in view of public health, which has now been extended to 30 April 2020," it adds. Those violating the order will be punished under Section 188 of Indian Penal Code.
The district administration has also ordered all educational institutes to not collect the fee from students during the lockdown.

Earlier this week, Suhas LY has replaced BN Singh, who was the District Magistrate of Gautam Buddh Nagar over the COVID-19 response. Yogi Adityanath's meeting was held in Noida.
Paramilitary troops and policemen have been seen on roads in Noida, making announcements on loudspeakers and asking people to stay indoors.
Uttar Pradesh has so far reported 227 COVID-19 cases, including two deaths. Across India, the total number of cases rose to 3,374 today; 77 have died.
Coronavirus has infected over one million people worldwide, killed over 50,000.



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Mairrriage in Lockdown on Video Call.
Aurangabad, Maharashtra

लॉकडाउन: वीडियो कॉल के जरिए हुआ निकाह, दूल्हा-दुल्हन ने एक दूसरे से कहा- कबूल है
April 04th, 2020 16:56 IST

Maharashtra


डिजिटल डेस्क, औरंगाबाद। नोवल कोरोनावायरस (Novel Coronavirus) के कारण देश में 21 दिनों का लॉकडाउन (Lockdown) है। ऐसे में कई तय कार्यक्रम लोगों को रद्द करने पड़ रहे हैं। कई जगह पर धार्मिक कार्यक्रम और शादियां भी टल गई। हालांकि कई लोगों ने तय तारीख पर शादी करने के लिए नए-नए तरीखे निकाल लिए है। ऐसा ही कुछ महाराष्ट्र के औरंगाबाद में सामने आया है। यहां वीडियो कॉल के जरिए निकाह (Nikah) हुआ।
मोहम्मद मिन्हाजुद ने बीड में रहने वाली दुल्हन के साथ शुक्रवार को वीडियो कॉल के जरिए निकाह किया। दूल्हे के पिता मोहम्मद गयाज ने बताया कि दोनों की शादी 6 महीने पहले तय हुई थी। उस वक्त कोविड-19 का कोई खतरा नहीं था। ऐसे में सभी बुजुर्ग हमारे घर पर एकत्रित हुए और हमने फोन पर दोनों का निकाह करवा दिया।
#WATCH Maharashtra: 'Nikah' of a couple was performed through video call in Aurangabad yesterday amid lockdown due to #Coronavirus pandemic. pic.twitter.com/jHGTOblrAt

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दोनों होने वाले दंपति का विवाह काजी मुफ्ती अनीस उर रहमान ने करवाया। उन्होंने कहा कि दोनों परिवार खुश है, क्योंकि निकाह बहुत कम खर्चे में हो गया। बता दें इससे पहले ऐसा ही एक मामला झारखंड से सामने आया था। जहां तालझारी के लालमाटी गांव के डॉक्टर पीर मोहम्मद ने अपनी बेटी साबिजा नाज का विवाद वीडियो कॉल के जरिए करवाया था। दुल्हन अपने घर लालमाटी और दूल्हा पाकुड़ के मंझलाडीह में था।

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