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‘Jammu and Kashmir emerges as good as Kerala in COVID-19 fight’

“AYUSH drugs and medicines are being distributed to all frontline staff and people to boost their immunity,” said the statement.

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New Delhi, April 24 : Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Friday said that the newly formed Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Union Territory (UT) has emerged as good as Kerala state in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Complementing the medical fraternity of the UT, the Minister said that Junior Resident doctors and medical officers played a major role in the fight as they directly dealt with patients for effectively fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

“India has emerged as one of the frontline nations of the world to combat COVID-19 and J&K has emerged as good as Kerala state in fighting the pandemic,” Singh said.

He said that the government was very concerned for the safety of the medical and healthcare workers for which it implemented an ordinance for their protection.

On the UTs request for augmenting the availability of standardised Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits and other equipment, the Minister said that the J&K will be getting regular supply of PPE and testing kits for the coronavirus.

Singh expressed his views while reviewing the preparedness of J&K in combating COVID-19 virus. The review was held through a video conference with senior J&K officers, heads of government medical institutions and colleges.

He re-emphasised the use of Arogya Setu App in combating the COVID-19. Making a presentation on the preparedness of the UT, the Financial Commissioner, Department of Health Atal Dulloo informed that till date there have been a total of 434 positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir. Out of this 57 are from Jammu and 377 from Kashmir.

The Minister was informed that J&K is second only to Delhi in the whole country in testing cases per million of population. “The J&K is testing 818 persons per million population. About 80 zones in Kashmir and 15 in Jammu have been declared as containment zones,” said Dulloo, adding dedicated hospitals have been set up in the UT to deal with all categories of cases.

The UT has also re-employed 126 retired doctors and decontamination tunnels are being set up in hospitals and walkin sample collection booths have been set up. “All frontier personnel have been provided with masks and safety kits,” the statement said.

The Minister was informed that meetings have been held with religious leaders and videos are also being circulated asking people to cooperate and pray from homes.

“AYUSH drugs and medicines are being distributed to all frontline staff and people to boost their immunity,” said the statement.

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Coronavirus crisis may get ‘worse and worse and worse’, warns WHO

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GENEVA : The raging coronavirus pandemic has the potential to get far worse if all nations do not adhere to basic healthcare precautions, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday.

“Let me be blunt, too many countries are headed in the wrong direction, the virus remains public enemy number one,” Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual briefing from WHO headquarters in Geneva.

“If basics are not followed, the only way this pandemic is going to go, it is going to get worse and worse and worse. But it does not have to be this way.”

Infections rose above 13 million across the world on Monday, according to a Reuters tally, climbing by one million in just five days in a pandemic that has killed more than half a million people.

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Global coronavirus infections top 13 million

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Worldwide coronavirus infections passed 13 million on Monday, according to a Reuters tally, marking another milestone in the spread of the disease which has killed more than half a million people in seven months.

The first case was reported in China in early January and it took three months to reach one million cases. It has taken just five days to climb to 13 million cases from 12 million recorded on July 8.

The number of cases is around triple that of severe influenza illnesses recorded annually, according to the World Health Organization.

There have been more than 568,500 deaths linked to the coronavirus so far, within the same range as the number of yearly influenza deaths reported worldwide. The first death was reported on Jan. 10 in Wuhan, China, before infections and fatalities surged in Europe and then later in the United States.

Many hard-hit countries are easing lockdowns put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. Other places, such as the Australian city of Melbourne, are implementing a second round of shutdowns.

The Reuters tally, which is based on government reports, shows the disease is accelerating the fastest in Latin America. The Americas account for more than half the world’s infections and half the deaths.

The United States reported a daily global record of 69,070 new infections on July 10. In Brazil, 1.86 million people have tested positive, including President Jair Bolsonaro, and more than 72,000 people have died.

India, the country with the third-highest number of infections, has been contending with an average of 26,000 new infections each day since the beginning of July.

In countries with limited testing capacity, case numbers reflect only a proportion of total infections. Experts say official data likely under-represents both infections and deaths.

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Rail Bhawan shut for 2 days after officials test Covid positive

However, if there is specific urgency that requires an official to attend office, specific directives will be given to the official concerned, the ministry said.

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New Delhi, July 13 : The Railways Ministry will remain closed for the next two days as a matter of “precaution” after some officials were found to be positive for coronavirus, an official statement said on Monday.

“Some officials of the Railway Board have tested Covid positive during the rapid antigen testing camp organised at Rail Bhawan on 9th, 10th and 13th July, 2020. Accordingly it has been decided to close all offices at Rail Bhawan on 14th and 15th July, 2020 to carry out intensive sanitisation of rooms and common area,” read a circular issued by the Ministry.

During these two days, all officials will work from home. They are also asked to remain available not only through phone but other electronic means of communication.

However, if there is specific urgency that requires an official to attend office, specific directives will be given to the official concerned, the ministry said.

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