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New export restrictions in India after coronavirus outbreak

Government imposes restriction on export of Diagnostic kids foreign countries in order to avoid shortage of supply for coronavirus treatment. Restriction comes after the coronavirus cases are rising tremendously in India. Testing kits for COVID19 and personal protective equipments PPE available to the Healthcare providers in their states respectively.

The export of Diagnostic Falls under ITC HS (Indian trade clarification based on organised system of coding) category are restricted by The Directorate General of Foreign Trade.

Earlier export of these items are allowed Unconditionally now every exporter of these items should require licence from DGFT to ship to any country.

On January 31 and March 19, DGFT issued subsequent orders that banned the export of all ventilators, surgical/disposable masks and textile raw material used for making masks and coveralls, and various other items of protection.

The measures were taken as the country is under a 21-day lockdown called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to contain the spread of the virus. On April 14 midnight, the lockdown will come to an end.

Second Positive Case Recorded in Mumbai’s Dharavi: Coronavirus OutBreak

The 2nd case of COVID19 has been confirmed in Mumbai Dharavi, stated Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). 52-year-old BMC sanitization worker found positive for the Coronavirus. He stays in the Working area but was posted at Dharavi for cleaning.

This Sanitization worker tested positive had developed symptoms and was advised by the BMC to support for treatment. His family members & 23 other colleagues were asked to quarantine.

On April 1st, 2020, Another 56-year-old man tested positive for coronavirus, died at SION hospital. He had Coronavirus symptoms fever, cough, respiratory issues and also had co-morbid conditions of renal failure. The other 7 members of his family have been placed under self-quarantine and the building he lived in has been sealed.

Dharavi is a highly densely populated area located in Mumbai with over 15 lakh people, with spread over 613 hectares, and could very likely become an infection hotspot. Many media reports claim that social distancing in such a densely populated slum is highly impossible. New Indian Express report stated that five to eight people sharing a 100 sq ft of room. As per the guidelines of social distancing set by WHO, one person should get to stay a minimum of 20 sq ft of the area but in Dharavi, it is less than 10 sq ft.

State Maharashtra has recorded the highest number of positive COVID-19 cases with 335 and 13 dead so far after being infected by the virus. In India, the positive cases have risen to 1965 on Thursday and the death toll from the deadly virus reached 50.    

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation seals coronavirus affected areas in Mumbai

With more than 150 coronavirus cases reported from Mumbai alone, the highest from any city in India. Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is making all their all efforts to fight against time to seal the areas where positive cases have been found. 

BMC seals on the places where Coronavirus cases are confirmed.

So far, the civic body has sealed 140 neighborhoods. Which includes 48 in South Mumbai, 46 in West Mumbai and 48 in East Mumbai. Only essential vehicles are allowed to enter and exit from these places even after several checkups.

Besides Mumbai, municipal authorities in Navi Mumbai, Thane and Dombivali are also planned to take the same action. Earlier, the BMC announced that it had started the Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping of coronavirus affected areas in the city. Maps of the areas where there is a higher number of coronavirus cases will be posted on the civic body’s website, BMC commissioner Praveen Pardeshi said this information in a release on Tuesday.

The State of Maharashtra is the most affected state in India with around 320 cases being reported. Death toll in the state reached 12 after two more COVID-19 patients died, health officials said on Wednesday. Thirty nine coronavirus positive patients have been discharged after recovery. 

A 75-year-old man from Mumbai and a 50-year-old man in Palghar district died due to coronavirus. “The 75-year-old male patient died here on Tuesday. We are finding details of his travel history and also checking if someone close to him had a travel history,” an official said.

UP man calls Coronavirus helpline and now cleaning drainage

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spreading drastically across India, Nation is under complete lockdown. several bizarre incidents are emerging which shows how people are taking the situation lightly.

The Uttar Pradesh government has set up an dedicated helpline numbers to help needy people during the 21 days lockdown. The helpline number has been receiving several odd calls even during the critical situations.

A man repeatedly called the coronavirus helpline number and demanded Samosa for him. This incident happened several times. District magistrate Aunjaneya Kumar granted his wish and handed over punishment to him and made into clean drainage. In order to teach lessons to other spam callers he took Twitter and shared the incident and pictures.

In a tweet shared in Hindi, Singh details how the man called in for the samosas. After repeated warnings, the samosas were sent to him but with a ‘little gift’.

The man was ordered to clean a local drain as punishment for the calls he made to the control room.

As reported by Times of India, the Rampur helpline number receives many such calls on a daily basis. A day before someone wanted pizza delivered at his home.

The tweets have received a ton of reactions from people on Twitter.

“Tit for tat!” says a Twitter user. “Well done sir!” says another.

India has imposed a 21-day lockdown till April 14 to combat the spread of novel coronavirus.

Drones to be used in Chennai’s to fight against coronavirus Outbreak

The Chennai Corporation has successfully completed trials for using drones to disinfect inaccessible and congested neighborhoods in the city. Developed by the Abdul Kalam Advanced UAV Research Center in the Anna University, each of these drones can spray disinfectants over a large area of up to 2 lakh square meters when deployed on day and night duty.

The usage of drones is meant to enhance the efforts of the corporation which has already deployed over 500 vehicles to disinfect the city. The drones would provide additional reach by enabling coverage of narrow lanes with buildings that are tightly packed.

“Most other drones are battery-powered and have a capacity of holding lesser than 10 liters of disinfectant, whereas our drone is powered by an Internal combustion engine that runs on petrol and can carry 16 liters of disinfectant, thus enabling it to operate for longer hours. Our drone can also perform the spraying from altitudes as less as 3meters to 25meters and have a two-hour endurance” Dr.K Senthil Kumar, Director, Abdul Kalam Advanced UAV Research Center told WION.

The drone that is to be used by the Corporation is a modified version of the drone that Anna University had developed to help farmers spray nutrients onto their crops spread across large fields.

“We have modified the mechanism and tweaked the parameters in a way that the centrifugal pump can disperse an ultra-low volume spray. This ensures that every single droplet is broken down into thousands of smaller particles which cover a wider area”, Dr. Senthil Kumar added.

The usage of drones drastically reduces the risk of exposure of healthcare workers who are otherwise deployed for disinfecting operations with hand pumps or trucks. While battery-powered drones need to be grounded and fitted with a new battery every few minutes, the petroleum-powered variant is capable of flying for nearly two hours, after which it can be refueled and instantly deployed for work.

Petrol-powered drones also require lesser resources and manpower and they can operate for longer durations and need not depend on a portable generator for charging its batteries.

With five drones currently available, there are plans to deploy them for disinfecting large public spaces such as open-markets, railway stations, hospitals, etc.

The drones are designed and developed by the Abdul Kalam Advanced UAV Research Center in the Anna University, they are manufactured by private partners, in line with the Make in India initiative.

Train coaches are likely converted into isolation wards for coronavirus patients

As the government readies for the fight against the novel coronavirus, Indian Railways is considering offering its coaches and cabins to be used as isolation wards in rural and remote areas for patients who have tested positive.

All railway services have been suspended till April 14 in wake of the 21-day nationwide lockdown.

According to reports, the proposal to offer empty coaches and cabins to be used as ICUs for COVID-19 patients was discussed in a meeting between the Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal, Chairman of Railway Board VK Yadav General Managers of all zones and Divisional Railway Managers over video conferencing on Wednesday.

The meeting focused on how Railways’ production units can be used to manufacture equipments such as ventilators, beds, trolleys. During the meeting, a proposal also came to use the coaches which are equipped with toilets as isolation wards, reports said.

The idea was considered after Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked his cabinet minister to find innovative ways to improve the medical facilities as the virus is spreading rapidly.

Railway Minister Goyal also told the officials to be prepared for State 3 of the transmission, which is community transmission.

Indian Express reported that the Rail Coach Factory (RCF) in Punjab’s Kapurthala has been tasked with the duty of converting LHB coaches into isolation wards while the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai, the makers of Train 18 (India’s first electric semi-high speed train), is trying to make ventilators.

Full list of Coronavirus testing labs in India

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Monday approved more private laboratories to conduct coronavirus test as the number of cases across the country crossed 600 on Wednesday.

It had earlier approved 12 private labs to test samples of suspected COVID-19 patients. With new private labs getting approved by the agency, the number of such facilities across the country has risen to 29.

The ICMR-approved private labs are present in Delhi (4), Gujarat (3), Haryana (3), Karnataka (2), Maharashtra (9), Tamil Nadu (3), Telangana (4) and West Bengal (1).

Here is the list of all private labs where coronavirus testing can be done:

Delhi

1. Lal Path Labs, Block -E, Sector 18, Rohini, Delhi

2. Dr Dangs Lab, C-2/1, Safadarjung Development Area, New Delhi

3. Laboratory Services, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, Sarita Vihar, New Delhi

4. Max Lab, Max Super Spciality Hospital, Saket, New-Delhi

Gujarat

1. Unipath Specialty laboratory limited, 102, Sanoma Plaza, Opposite Parimal Garden, Besides JMC House, Ellisbridge, Ahmedabad

2. Supratech Micropath Laboratory & Research Institute Pvt Ltd, Kedar, Ahmedabad

3. SN GeneLab Pvt Ltd, President Plaza –A, Near Mahavir Hospital, Nanpura, Surat

Haryana

1. Strand Life Sciences, A-17, Sector 34, Gurugram

2. SRL Limited, GP26, Sector 18, Gurugram

3. Modern Diagnostic & Research Centre-Lab, 363-364/4, Jawahar Nagar. Gururgram

Karnataka

1. Neuberg Anand Reference Laboratory, Anand Tower, #54, Bowring Hospital Road, Bengaluru

2. Cancyte Technologies Pvt Ltd, Sri Shankara Research Centre, Bengaluru

Maharashtra

1. Thyrocare Technologies Limited, D37/1, TTC MIDC, Turbhe, Navi Mumbai

2. Suburban Diagnostics (India) Pvt. Ltd., 306, 307/T, 3rd Floor, Sunshine Bld., Andheri (W), Mumbai

3. Metropolis Healthcare Ltd, Unit No. 409-416, 4th Floor, Commercial Building-1, Kohinoor Mall, Mumbai

4. Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre, Molecular Medicine, Reliance Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd., R-282, TTC Industrial Area, Rabale, Navi Mumbai

5. SRL Limited, Prime Square Building, Plot No 1, Gaiwadi Industrial Estate, SV Road, Goregaon, Mumbai

6. A.G. Diagnostics Pvt Ltd, Nayantara Building, Pune

7. Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital Laboratory, Four Bungalows, Mumbai

8. InfeXn Laboratories Private Limited, A/131, Therelek Compound, Road No 23, Wagle Industrial Estate, Thane (W)

9. iGenetic Diagnostics Pvt Ltd, Krislon House, Andheri East, Mumbai

Tamil Nadu

1. Dept. of Clinical Virology, CMC, Vellore

2. Department of Laboratory Services, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd, Chennai

3. Neuberg Ehrlich Lab Pvt Ltd, 46-48 Masilamani Road, Balaji Nagar, Chennai

Telangana

1. Laboratory Services, Apollo Hospitals, 6th Floor, Health Street Building, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad

2. Vijaya Diagnostic Centre Pvt Ltd, Street No 19, Himayath Nagar, Hyderabad

3. Vimta Labs Ltd, Plot No 142, Phase 2, IDA Cherlapally, Hyderabad

4. Apollo Health and Lifestyle Limited, Diagnostic Laboratory, Bowenpally, Secunderabad

West Bengal

1. Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, 58 Canal Circular Road, Kolkata

The above private laboratories have received approval from the ICMR to conduct the coronavirus tests.

This comes as the government on Tuesday imposed nationwide complete lockdown to combat the spread of coronavirus.

On Wednesday, around 606 people across India have tested positive for coronavirus, 42 of whom have been cutred and discharged while 10 have died.

Coronavirus Pandemic: Global death toll crosses 20,000; Italy-Spain account for more than half

The global coronavirus death toll crossed 20,000-mark on Wednesday Italy recorded another 683 deaths within 24 hours, taking the number to 7503. The number of cases in the country reached 74,384 with 5,210 more cases being recorded on Wednesday. 

Spain, the second most affected country in the European Union, surpassed China in terms of the number of deaths as added 443 dead to its yesterday’s figure. Spain has recorded 3,434 deaths against China’s figure of 3,281. The number of cases in Spain rose to 47,610 as it added 5,552 new patients to the growing list of coronavirus infected people. 

The number of affected people worldwide crossed 4.5 lakh-mark, with the Johns Hopkins University’s coronavirus database putting the figure at 451,355, adding over 45,000 cases in just one day. 

The number of cases in the past two weeks has seen a dramatic jump. While it took 67 days from the detection of the first case to reach one lakh, most of them in China, it took 11 days to infect another one lakh people. The number of cases rose exponentially after that as it took only four days to reach from 2 to 3 lakh and three days to add another one lakh cases as it crossed 4-lakh mark on Tuesday. 

The most dramatic rise in a number of cases has been in the United States where total confirmed cases reached 60,115 on Wednesday with 827 related deaths. The US added over 6,000 cases and 58 deaths in just 24 hours. 

In terms of cases per million, China’s is 56 while Italy has the total case per million population of 1230. China has registered 2 deaths/million while it is 124 in Italy. 

The number of deaths in Iran crossed 2,000-mark. The Johns Hopkins University database put the number of deaths in Iran at 2,077 with the total number of confirmed cases at 27,017. 

In India, the number of cases jumped to 606 with 10 deaths. The government on Tuesday imposed a nationwide complete lockdown from 21-days with only essential personnel allowed to come out of their homes. 

Captain Swati Raval who saved like of thousands during Coronavirus Outbreak

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, there is a group of people who are selflessly working day and night to evacuate Indians from COVID-10 affected areas. One of them is Swathi Raval- the first woman pilot to extinct flight.

Commander of the Air India Boeing 777, amassed a big round from Prime Minister Modi and several other Ministers for Airlifting 263 Indians Standard in Rome and bringing them back to Delhi amid coronavirus.

Captain Raval became the first female civil pilot to have undertaken a rescue mission.

PM Modi on Monday hailed the crew of Air India which has been evacuating stranded people from coronavirus-hit countries, a day after the airline complained that some “vigilante” resident welfare associations and neighbours were ostracising its crew members who went abroad as part of their duty.

The airline in a press release on Sunday said it was alarming that in many localities Air India crew members were facing ostracisation because they travelled abroad to evacuate Indians.

“Extremely proud of this team of @airindiain, which has shown utmost courage and risen to the call of humanity. Their outstanding efforts are admired by several people across India. #IndiaFightsCorona,” the prime minister tweeted.

He tagged a tweet from aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri who said, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going,” posting a photo of the crew of Air India Boeing 777 led by Captain Swati Raval and Captain Raja Chauhan who airlifted 263 Indians, mostly students, stranded in Rome.

Not just the Rome rescue op, Air India also evacuated stranded Indians from Milan last week and was among the first airlines to evacuate Indians from Wuhan, the epicentre of Coronavirus.

On Feb 1, an Air India 747 flew to Wuhan, the then epicentre of Coronavirus to rescue 324 stranded Indians, one of the earliest rescue ops by any government globally. A day later, the same aircraft rescued 323 more Indians along with 7 Maldivian nationals.

Tirupati Tirumala suspends Darshan till March 31, restricts entry amid coronavirus outbreak

The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) has extended the suspension of Srivari darshan till March 31 for pilgrims due to the coronavirus outbreak. All the daily Kainkaryams will, however, be performed by Archakas as usual and only a few people from the staff are allowed inside the main temple for rituals.

Devasthanam has also given the option of cancellation of ₹300 special entry darshan tickets, Arjitha Seva tickets and accommodation refund for online bookings from March 25 onwards.

For Tirumala, only the employes on duty and locals are allowed to enter Tirumala Hills. It has been strictly announced that locals from Tirumala will not be allowed to come out of their homes and report to Ashwini Hospital if they have symptoms of flu.

The Tirupati Municipal Corporation (TMC) has also taken an initiative to put an indelible ink stamp on suspected persons and notices have been put up on home quarantine sites. All sectoral officers have been given strict orders to stamp their left-hand forearm and set date on the round seal while putting a date mark adjacent to the forearm.

On the other hand, TTD is barring visitors to the administrative building and also imposing mandatory thermal scanning for all its employees attending duty. All employees are permitted inside the building only after they wash and sanitize their hands with sanitizers provided at the entry gates. Guidelines have also been issued against the gathering of people at any point and instructions have been given to work on a shift basis till April 4.

The option of work from home is given to 50% of the people who can use the e-office app while the other 50% will work from the office. All those working from home will coordinate with their respective HoDs.

So far Sri Venkateshwara Institute Medical Sciences (SVIMS) is doing the tests for suspected cases. A total of 27 tests have been done in Chittoor District and no positive case has been found.