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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.

Death rate increases Social distancing extends till April 30 amid COVID-19 spread

COVID-19 precautionary guidelines, including social distancing and other activities, extended until April 30 as the peak death rate in the country due to the virus is likely to hit in two weeks.

United States President Donald Trump told reporters at White House news conference that he had received advice from his two top public health advisors, who are also members of the White House Task Force on COVID-19: Dr. Deborah Bix and Dr. Anthony Fauci.

They demonstrate that the mitigation measures we are putting in place may significantly reduce the number of new infections and ultimately the number of fatalities

US President Donald Trump during his 2nd Rose Garden press conference

“I want the American people to know that your selfless inspiring and valiant efforts are saving countless lives. You are making the difference. The modeling estimates that the peak and death rate is likely to hit in two weeks,” Presidents additional words on COVID 19 impact.

The United States has the highest number of cases all over the world compared to China. With more than 142,000 Coronavirus affected cases followed by Italy at 97,689, China at 81,999 and Spain at 80,110. Italy has recorded the highest number of deaths with 10,779 then china, followed by Spain’s death toll of 6,803, China’s 3,300 and Iran’s 2,640. 

New York alone recorded nearly 60,000 confirmed coronavirus cases reported with around 965 deaths. The total death toll in the US is raised to 2489. The POTUS also revealed that the new social guidelines measure to contain the coronavirus outbreak will be announced on April 1.

“We can expect that by June 1 we will be well on our way to recovery we think by June 1,” Trump said.

Worldwide, coronavirus cases continue to rise dramatically, with the number of infections crossing 7 lakh on Sunday. The global death toll has crossed the 33,000-mark. 

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.

Will regularly drinking water prevents Coronavirus?

As the number of coronavirus cases in India keeps rising, following the advice of doctors and advice is the best way to keep ourselves safe. However, in the time of Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp, sometimes unverified opinions attributed to doctors are circulated as genuine. 

One such claim making the rounds has been that drinking water every 15 minutes may help prevent people from getting infected.

This claim is misleading and was even fact-checked by India’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on Wednesday.

In a tweet, the NDMA said, “Claim: A moist throat can ensure protection from corona infection. Fact: False. There is no scientific evidence to support this claim.”

It is not clear where the claim originated but it has been doing the rounds on various social media platforms for quite some time. 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) mythbusters, drinking water does not help in the prevention of coronavirus. 

Here is WHO FactCheck:

Q: Does drinking water alleviates a sore throat, does this also protect against 2019-nCoV infection? 

A: While staying hydrated by drinking water is important for overall health, it does not prevent coronavirus infection. 

According to an AFP report, the claim was widely shared in the Philippines, attributing it to a health advisory issued by doctors in Japan. 

The post on Facebook, shared on February 28, read, “SERIOUS EXCELLENT ADVICE by Japanese doctors treating COVID-19 cases. Everyone should ensure your mouth & throat is moist, never DRY. Take a few sips of water every 15 mins at least. WHY? Even if the virus gets into your mouth…drinking water or other liquids will WASH them down through your oesophagus and into the stomach. Once there in tummy…your stomach ACID will kill all the virus. If you don’t drink enough water more regularly…the virus can enter your windpipes and into the LUNGS. That’s very dangerous.”

The same claim has been now shared across different platforms even in India in different languages and tone. But the gist of the claim is the same that drinking water regularly may help prevent people from getting infected with the coronavirus. 

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.

Lockdown not enough to eliminate coronavirus: WHO

As global cases of the coronavirus crossed 21,000 on Wednesday, World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said that a lockdown will not be enough to get rid of the deadly virus.

“To slow the spread of Covid-19, many countries introduced “lockdown” measures. But on their own, these measures will not extinguish epidemics. We call on all countries to use this time to attack the novel coronavirus. You have created a second window of opportunity,” Ghebreyesus said in a press conference.

More than one-third of the countries around the world have imposed lockdowns and other restrictions to contain the spread of the virus.

“Asking people to stay at home and shutting down population movement is buying time and reducing the pressure on health systems. But on their own, these measures will not extinguish epidemics,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus added.

The WHO chief further said that this is the time to attack the virus. “We call on all countries who have introduced so-called lockdown measures, to use this time to attack the virus. You have created a second window of opportunity, the question is how will you use it?” he said.

“Aggressive measures to find, isolate, test, treat and trace is not only the best and fastest way out of extreme social and economic restrictions, but they’re also the best way to prevent them,” he further added.

Meanwhile, the global count of confirmed cases of coronavirus has reached 470,973 (till March 26, 8:45 AM IST).

Italy is the most affected country with 7,503 deaths followed by Spain at 3,647.

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. 

Rishi Kapoor upset with his fans silly question in twitter

Rishi Kapoor said he would delete the people who troll either his nation or his lifestyle

Rishi Kapoor lost his calm after a troll disrepcted him in a tweet. The troll asked Rishi Kapoor whether he stocked up on alcohol since the lockdown for India lasts for 21 days. The actor sent the troll a warning on Twitter after noticing the same.

“ANYONE CRACKING JOKES ABOUT MY COUNTRY OR ON MY LIFESTYLE, WILL BE DELETED. BE AWARE AND WARNED. THIS IS A SERIOUS MATTER. HELP US TO TIDE OVER THE SITUATION,” tweeted Rishi Kapoor.

Here’s his tweet:

Rishi Kapoor came back to India on September 2019 after his cancer treatment in USA. The actor was staying there for 11 months. After he came back to India, Rishi is yet to sign a movie. His last film to release in theatres was Emraan Hashmi-Shobhita Dhulipalia starring film ‘The Body’.

While Ranbir Kapoor was snapped at Alia Bhatt’s house a few days back, there has been no news whether Rishi Kapoor is under home-quarantine. The actor, however, fully supported Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his decision of 21-days lockdown for India.