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Corona scare: AIIMS launches comprehensive booklet

The booklet claimed that at least 86 per cent of people, which constituted a majority, will require no treatment as such and will recover on their own.

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Randeep Guleria AIIMS

New Delhi, March 20 : Amid the coronavirus scare in India, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) issued a booklet in order to bust the myth surrounding the disease.

The booklet, ‘COVID-19 – Be careful, not fearful,’ is aimed at dispelling the myths surrounding the corona scare. The Top medical institute urged people to imbibe correct knowledge and become aware.

At the top of the cover it is written “Follow cough etiquette, hand hygiene and personal care. Spread a word of precaution through your share.”

Talking about how the infected transmitted the virus, it said: “When a person suffering from this disease sneezes or coughs, a lot of droplets spread in the air or fall on the ground and nearby surfaces. If another person is nearby and inhales the droplets or touches these surfaces and then touches his face, eyes or mouth, he can get the infection. Chances are more if one is within a distance of less than 1 meter from the infected person”.

The booklet claimed that at least 86 per cent of people, which constituted a majority, will require no treatment as such and will recover on their own.

“A small proportion (less than 20%) may need hospitalization and a very small proportion, mainly with underlying chronic illness, may need admission in intensive care unit (ICU),” said the booklet.

It also said that, although the disease can occur in all age groups, the infection is generally mild in children. Older persons and persons with pre-existing medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer or diabetes are at a high risk to develop serious illness.

Talking about the survival of the coronavirus on a surface, the booklet said that it is not certain how long the virus that causes COVID-19 survives on surfaces, but it seems to behave like other viruses. Studies suggest that coronavirus, including preliminary information on the COVID-19 virus, may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days.

The AIIMS also aserted that persons having no symptoms are not supposed to use mask, rather observe hand hygiene, coughing and sneezing etiquette, maintaining social distance and monitoring one’s body temperature.

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Lack of contact-tracing capacity driving coronavirus into ‘darkness’ – WHO

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Michael Ryan WHO

GENEVA : A lack of contact-tracing capacity in Europe, despite very high rates of positive tests, will drive the coronavirus further into the “darkness”, the World Health Organization’s top emergency expert told an online briefing on Monday.

“We are seeing very, very high positivity rates and an increasing lack of capacity to do any effective form of contact-tracing, which is going to further drive the disease into darkness,” Mike Ryan said.

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Earthquake – Magnitude 4.8 in Pakistan

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An earthquake of magnitude 4.8 on the Richter scale occurred at 4:14 am today in Pakistan: National Center for Seismology.

The quake jolted Pakistan at 4:14 am on Monday at the depth of 10 km.

“Earthquake of Magnitude:4.8, Occurred on 26-10-2020, 04:14:43 IST, Latitude: 36.13 and Longitude: 71.97, Depth: 10 Km ,Location: Pakistan,” the NSC tweeted.

No casualty has been reported so far.

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Italy tightens anti-Covid curbs after rise in cases

The tightened restrictions came as Italy and other countries such as Britain, China, Russia and the United States are racing against time to develop coronavirus vaccines.

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Rome : Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Sunday announced new measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

Conte said that pubs, bars, restaurants, and ice cream shops must shut down at 6 p.m.

The new measures will go into effect from Sunday midnight through November 24, the Premier explained during a nationally televised press conference.

According to the new measures, 75 per cent of high school students must follow their lessons remotely, Xinhua news agency reported.

Movie theaters, concert halls, gyms, swimming pools, as well as gaming and betting halls, must shut down. All contact sports are suspended except for national leagues.

Also suspended for a month are conferences, trade fairs, and civil ceremonies such as weddings and funerals. Museums, however, can stay open, Conte said.

The Prime Minister added that the government will promote smart working in public administration and that it “strongly recommends” the private sector do the same in order to reduce crowding on public transportation.

Conte said that while the government is not imposing a curfew, “we strongly recommend that people only leave home for work or health-related reasons.”

The move came after the Ministry of Health reported a surge of more than 17,000 infections and 151 fatalities on Saturday, pushing the tally to 203,182 and toll to 37,210 in the country.

Several of Italy’s 20 regions have recently imposed night-time curfews in a bid to stop people from crowding together. They include the northern Lombardy and Piedmont regions, Lazio in central Italy, and Calabria and Campania in the south.

The tightened restrictions came as Italy and other countries such as Britain, China, Russia and the United States are racing against time to develop coronavirus vaccines.

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