COVID 19 UPDATE

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UP Principal Health Secretary writes to DMs to turn hotels in COVID care center

Principal Health Secretary in the Uttar Pradesh government Amit Mohan Prasad (IAS:1989) has written to district collectors asking them to transform at least one hotel in every district of the state into a COVID care center for patients with very mild or no symptoms.

Patients will have to bear the cost of their stay at these centers. The Principal Health Secretary has asked the district magistrates to ensure that charge for stay at these centers shall not exceed Rs 2,000 per day for double occupancy rooms and Rs 1,500 for single occupancy rooms.

The letter reads, “It has come to the notice of the government that some patients with very mild or no symptoms do not want to get admitted due to lack of adequate facilities in the COVID Care Centers and hence try to hide their disease.”

After due consideration in this regard, the government decided to introduce L-1 plus level of system for medical treatment of those patients who are without symptoms and who want better facilities and have the ability to spend for these facilities. Under this arrangement, a hotel in the districts will be operated by the district administration as a COVID Care Center,” it read.


20 Jul 2020
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Community spread has started, COVID-19 cases in rural areas a bad sign: IMA

At a time when the count of coronavirus cases in the country has gone past a million, Indian Medical Association (IMA) has said that community spread has started and the situation is quite bad.

Dr V K Monga, the Chairman of IMA Hospital Board of India, said: "This is now an exponential growth. Every day the number of cases is increasing by more than around 30,000. This is really a bad situation for the country. There are so many factors connected with it but overall this is now spreading to rural areas which is a bad sign. It now shows a community spread."

According to the latest health ministry update, the total confirmed cases in India have reached 1,038,716. Of these 358,629 are active cases and 653,751 cured/discharged/migrated cases. A total of 26,273 deaths have been registered to date.

Dr Monga said, "Cases are penetrating down into towns and villages where it will be very difficult to control the situation. In Delhi, we were able to contain it, but what about interior parts of the country in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Goa, Madhya Pradesh (which maybe the new hotspots)?"

Covid-19 peak in India by mid-September if the government acts, public behaves: Expert

"All these issues are very important and the state governments should take full care and seek help of the Central government to control the situation," Monga said.

As many as 13,433,742 samples have been tested for Covid-19 till July 17. Of these 361,024 samples were tested on Friday, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said. Vaccination, being the greatest hope to contain Covid-19, India's two indigenous vaccine makers would be starting human trials soon.

19 Jul 2020
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UP Principal Health Secretary writes to DMs to turn hotels in COVID care center

By IndianMandarins 20 Jul 2020

Principal Health Secretary in the Uttar Pradesh government Amit Mohan Prasad (IAS:1989) has written to district collectors asking them to transform at least one hotel in every district of the state into a COVID care center for patients with very mild or no symptoms.

Patients will have to bear the cost of their stay at these centers. The Principal Health Secretary has asked the district magistrates to ensure that charge for stay at these centers shall not exceed Rs 2,000 per day for double occupancy rooms and Rs 1,500 for single occupancy rooms.

The letter reads, “It has come to the notice of the government that some patients with very mild or no symptoms do not want to get admitted due to lack of adequate facilities in the COVID Care Centers and hence try to hide their disease.”

After due consideration in this regard, the government decided to introduce L-1 plus level of system for medical treatment of those patients who are without symptoms and who want better facilities and have the ability to spend for these facilities. Under this arrangement, a hotel in the districts will be operated by the district administration as a COVID Care Center,” it read.


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Community spread has started, COVID-19 cases in rural areas a bad sign: IMA

By IndianMandarins 19 Jul 2020

At a time when the count of coronavirus cases in the country has gone past a million, Indian Medical Association (IMA) has said that community spread has started and the situation is quite bad.

Dr V K Monga, the Chairman of IMA Hospital Board of India, said: "This is now an exponential growth. Every day the number of cases is increasing by more than around 30,000. This is really a bad situation for the country. There are so many factors connected with it but overall this is now spreading to rural areas which is a bad sign. It now shows a community spread."

According to the latest health ministry update, the total confirmed cases in India have reached 1,038,716. Of these 358,629 are active cases and 653,751 cured/discharged/migrated cases. A total of 26,273 deaths have been registered to date.

Dr Monga said, "Cases are penetrating down into towns and villages where it will be very difficult to control the situation. In Delhi, we were able to contain it, but what about interior parts of the country in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Goa, Madhya Pradesh (which maybe the new hotspots)?"

Covid-19 peak in India by mid-September if the government acts, public behaves: Expert

"All these issues are very important and the state governments should take full care and seek help of the Central government to control the situation," Monga said.

As many as 13,433,742 samples have been tested for Covid-19 till July 17. Of these 361,024 samples were tested on Friday, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said. Vaccination, being the greatest hope to contain Covid-19, India's two indigenous vaccine makers would be starting human trials soon.

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Five bureaucrats Corona positive in Assam; Raj Bhawan quarantined

By IndianMandarins 16 Jul 2020

Several senior bureaucrats, including the Commissioner and Secretary to Assam Governor, have tested positive for COVID-19. At least five senior officials have tested positive for novel coronavirus in the last 2-3 days.

Commissioner and Secretary to the Governor of Assam, S S Meenakshi Sundaram, his wife and mother have tested positive for COVID-19 and they are being treated at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) here.

Senior IAS officer Oinam Sarankumar Singh, the Commissioner of Industries Department and also the MD of Assam Industrial Development Corporation, has also tested positive for COVID-19.

Pabitra Ram Khaund, the secretary of the Transport, Industries and Commerce Departments is undergoing treatment at the hospital after he tested positive for COVID-19.

The PS to the Principal Secretary of the Chief Minister, Rajibuddin Ahmed has tested positive for coronavirus and was admitted to a hospital for treatment. Additional Secretary of the Industries Department Isaan Bardalai has also tested positive.

Additional Chief Secretary and the Chairman of the Board of Revenue, V S Bhaskar”s cook has also tested positive for COVID-19.

On Monday, the Senior Officers” Colony, commonly known as IAS Colony, was partially sealed after it was declared a ”Containment Zone” for an indefinite period after four cases of COVID-19 were detected there.

The entire Raj Bhavan campus and its surrounding areas were declared a containment zone and sealed on July 4 after two members of the Governor”s Office tested COVID-19 positive.

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IRDAI constitutes a working group to study Pandemic Risk Pool

By IndianMandarins 11 Jul 2020

To study and make recommendations on the formation of an Indian Pandemic Risk Pool, the IRDAI has formed a working groupIt has been given the task to examine the possibility of addressing the different risks which have arisen out of a COVID-19 pandemic with the help of a “Pandemic Risk Pool”. 

These risks include Business Interruption losses without concurrent Material damage loss, loss of employment would result in huge losses much beyond the capacity of Government /Insurers /Reinsurers. Executive Director of IRDAI Suresh Mathur will be the Chairman for the 9-member working group. Members of the group are: Suchita Gupta, Hitesh Kotak, Ankur Nijhawan, Susilendra Rao, Shilpa Yadav, M.N.Munshi, Ajay Kumar, and Saba Talukdar.

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PM Modi pledges $15 million to GAVI

By IndianMandarins 24 Jun 2020

While addressing the virtual Global Vaccine Summit hosted by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged $15 million to the international vaccine alliance -- GAVI. Business leaders, UN agencies, civil society, government ministers, Heads of State, and country leaders of over 50 nations participated in it.

PM said that India stands in solidarity with the world in these challenging times. The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the limitations of global cooperation and that for the first time in recent history, mankind faces a clear common enemy. Referring to GAVI, he said, “It is not just a global alliance but also a symbol of global solidarity and a reminder of that by helping others we can also help ourselves.”

India with a vast population and limited health facilities understands the importance of immunization. One of the first programs launched by his government was Mission Indra Dhanush, which aims to ensure full vaccination of the country’s children and pregnant women, including those in the remote parts of the country. 

India has added six new vaccines to its National Immunization Programme. India had digitized its entire vaccine supply line and developed an electronic vaccine intelligence network to monitor the integrity of its cold chain. India is also the World’s foremost producer of vaccines and that it is fortunate to contribute to the immunization of about 60 percent of the World’s children.

The PM said that India recognizes and values the work of GAVI, that is why it became a donor to GAVI while still being eligible for GAVI support. Prime Minister said India’s support to GAVI is not only financial but that India’s huge demand also brings down the Global price of vaccines for all, saving almost $400 million for GAVI over the past five years.

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Union Health secretary directs state and UTs to ensure timely salary of health workers

By IndianMandarins 19 Jun 2020

Union Health secretary Preeti Sudan has directed all states and union territories to ensure timely payment of salaries to doctors and healthcare workers engaged in treating COVID-19 patients warning action against hospitals and authorities for non-compliance of the order.
The order by Union Health Ministry comes a day after the SC asked the government to issue directions to states for payment of salaries and providing necessary quarantine facilities to doctors and healthcare workers involved in treating COVID-19 patients.
“…it is hereby directed that the states and UT administration should ensure that salaries of doctors and health workers doing COVID-19 related duty shall be released on time,” says the order issued by Union health secretary Preeti Sudan.
The Chief Secretary of states/UTs have been asked to ensure compliance of this order by all concerned, violation of which will be treated as an offense under the Disaster Management Act read with the IPC, and action is taken accordingly against defaulting hospitals/institutions/ authorities.

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Bhalla as Home Secretary; special tasks to SCL Das and SS Yadav for COVID-19 management

By IndianMandarins 17 Jun 2020

On repatriation from Central deputation, Bhupinder Singh Bhalla (IAS:1990:UT) was on Wednesday late evening posted as Principal Secretary (Home), Government of National Capital Territory Delhi (GNCTD). Prior to this Bhalla was working as Additional Secretary in the Union Commerce Ministry. 

Further, S C L Das (IAS:1992:UT) and S S Yadav (IAS:1995:UT), who were on 14 June attached with GNCTD to assist the Lt Governor and Chief Secretary of Delhi in the management of COVID-19 situation in Delhi, have been assigned with specific assignments. 

Accordingly; S C L  Das has been assigned with the responsibility of handling the ‘capacity augmentation of medical infrastructure and medical personnel’ whereas S S Yadav will be handling the ‘Community surveillance, management of containment zones, response systems and coordination with district administration’.

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IRS officer commits suicide for the fear of infecting family with Corona

By IndianMandarins 15 Jun 2020

There are many who fail to bear the stress of life and after Shushant Singh Rajput a 56-year-old IRS officer allegedly killed himself by drinking an “acid-like substance” in his car in Delhi’s Dwarka area on June 14. 

A suicide note recovered from his car mentioned that he feared that he might “spread Covid-19” to his family and does not want them to suffer because of him. He had got himself tested for Covid-19 a week ago and the report came out negative but he was scared that his family might get infected of the deadly virus because of him.

Initial investigation suggested that he drank “an acid-like substance” sitting inside his car and also left a suicide note in which he mentioned that he was killing himself “as he feared that he might spread coronavirus.”

He seemed very upset with the situation around and feared his family might get infected with the deadly virus too. The case is under investigation and police will talk to other family members regarding it.

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