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Noida Institute of Medical Sciences to be made isolation centre

A total of 118 laboratories have been included in the ICMR network of Covid-19 testing.

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New Delhi, March 25 : The government has decide to convert the Noida Institute of Medical Sciences as a 300-bed bed isolation centre for infected patients as number of Covid-19 patients are rising.

The Group of Ministers (GoM) was informed that Gujarat, Assam, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Goa, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and J&K are setting up hospitals dedicated for the management of Covid-19.

A total of 118 laboratories have been included in the ICMR network of Covid-19 testing.

The GoM was also apprised that the Cabinet Secretary has also written letters and conducted video conference with state and UT Chief Secretaries, Health Secretaries and DGPs and instructed them to enforce implementation of lockdown measures.

The GOM discussed about strengthening capacity of states, which need to devote adequate resources for creating dedicated Covid-19 hospitals, equipping the medical institutes with PPEs, ventilators and other essential equipment etc.

Meanwhile, states have been asked to ensure that essential services and supplies remain open. These include hospitals, medical shops and establishments engaged in manufacturing of medicines, vaccines, sanitizers, masks and medical devices.

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan reiterated his appeal to all those who are in home and facility quarantine about observing the restrictions according to the protocol laid down by the government.

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Boris Johnson spends second night in intensive care

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London, April 8 : UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson spends a second night in intensive care as he continues to receive treatment for coronavirus.

The PM is being kept at St Thomas’ Hospital in London “for close monitoring”, Downing Street said, the BBC reported.

Johnson’s condition is “stable” and he remains in “good spirits”, his spokesman added on Tuesday evening.

Speaking at Tuesday’s Downing Street coronavirus briefing, he said Johnson was receiving standard oxygen treatment and was breathing without any assistance, such as mechanical ventilation or non-invasive respiratory support.

It is understood there will not be a further update on Mr Johnson’s condition until later on Wednesday.

Downing Street also confirmed that the planned review into whether the UK’s coronavirus lockdown measures could be eased would not go ahead this Monday.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is deputising for the PM, has said he was “confident” the PM would recover from this illness, describing him as a “fighter”.

Prime Minister was originally admitted to St Thomas’ on Sunday, on the advice of his doctor, after continuing to display symptoms of cough and high temperature 10 days after testing positive for the virus.

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Trump threatens to stop WHO funding as NY deaths pass 9/11 fatalities

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In his regular press briefing on the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday evening, U.S. President Donald Trump expressed displeasure with the World Health Organization (WHO), saying it was too “China-centric.”

Trump then threatened to withhold U.S. funding because they disagreed with him on his coronavirus travel ban.

But when pressed by reporters afterward, Trump said, “I’m looking at it.”

The president said that the United States might be getting to the top of the “curve” of the coronavirus outbreak and said he did not see an early written warning about the pandemic from a top White House aide.

Trump further added that evidence shows African Americans are having higher rates of COVID-19 infection in the United States and his administration is actively engaging on the problem of increased impacts on the African American community.

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DRDO disinfection chamber put up at AIIMS for Covid control

Vehicle Research Development Establishment (VRDE), Ahmednagar, a DRDO laboratory, has designed the full body disinfection chamber called PSE.

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New Delhi, April 8 : A disinfectant chamber developed by the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) was on Tuesday put up at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi.

The chamber uses a solution that is known to kill the Covid-19 virus and help control the spread of the infection.

The system has been manufactured with the help of M/s DH Ltd, Ghaziabad, within a time span of four days. This system can be used for disinfection of personnel at the areas of controlled ingress and egress such as entry and exit to hospitals, malls, office buildings and critical installations.

Vehicle Research Development Establishment (VRDE), Ahmednagar, a DRDO laboratory, has designed the full body disinfection chamber called PSE.

This walk through enclosure is designed for personnel decontamination, one person at a time. This is a portable system equipped with sanitiser and soap dispenser.

The decontamination is by started using a foot pedal at the entry. On entering the chamber, electrically operated pump creates a disinfectant mist of hypo sodium chloride for disinfecting.

The mist spray is calibrated for an operation of 25 seconds and stops automatically, indicating completion of operation. As per the procedure, personnel undergoing disinfection will need to keep their eyes closed while inside the chamber.

The system consists of roof mounted and bottom tanks with a total of 700 litres capacity. Approximately 650 personnel can pass through the chamber for disinfection until a refill is required.

The system has see-through glass panels on side walls for monitoring purpose and is fitted with lights for illumination during night time operations. A separate operator cabin is provided to monitor overall operations.

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