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Youth Congress launches helpline to help people amid lockdown

The organisation said when the whole country is struggling to fight the novel coronavirus pandemic, Youth Congress stands determined to work with the government in this fight.

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New Delhi, March 31 : Youth Congress after direction from the central leadership launched a nationwide helplines to help the stranded and impoverished people in any manner possible.

Krishna Allavaru, in-charge IYC, said: “Youth Congress is trying it’s bit in ensuring proper and clean supplies to the impoverished. In order to achieve this common goal, various teams have been deployed throughout the country and volunteers are participating in overwhelming number.”

The organisation said when the whole country is struggling to fight the novel coronavirus pandemic, Youth Congress stands determined to work with the government in this fight.

“To address the issue of medical supplies, PPEs, groceries, food and clean drinking water to the underprivileged masses, various teams of the IYC are working across the country, day and night to ensure proper supply of these basic necessities,” said B V Shrinivas acting president of IYC.

The country is facing its worst epidemic crisis in recent times as COVID-19 cases in the country surpassed 1,000-mark and the death toll has risen to 27. Along with all the infections, as well as the deaths, there has also been an unprecedented rise in unemployment across the daily wage sector and the unorganized sector, which has led to massive migration of the underprivileged people, from bigger cities to countryside.

This surge has unfortunately also ensured the inaccessibility of these masses to things of basic necessities as enumerated above. While, the governments across the country are making their own provisions to reach out to these people, all IYC cadre across Vidhan Sabha level, district level, state level and national level are working relentlessly to get relief to the affected group of people, while following all governmental guidelines regarding social distancing and other precautions.

“The idea behind these activities is not to achieve any particular political objective but it is to inspire the masses by leadership, so that privileged people may also contribute towards the betterment of the destitute in these trying times,” said Amrish Ranjan Pandey, Media in-charge of Youth Congress.

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Two Radio Pakistan staffers die of COVID-19

Two employees of Radio Pakistan have died from the coronavirus – Muhammad Ashfaq, a senior broadcast engineer and Huma Zafar, an Urdu newscaster, died after contracting the disease

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Islamabad, May 29 : Two Radio Pakistan staffers died from the novel coronavirus, it was reported.

According to an official statement issued by the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) on Thursday, the victims were Senior Broadcast Engineer Mohammad Ashfaq and Huma Zafar, was an Urdu newscaster, reports Dawn news.

They were both associated with Radio Pakistan for 20 years

Radio Pakistan Deputy Controller News Sajjad Parvez told Dawn news that Ashfaq, who was already suffering from a chronic lung condition, tested positive for COVID-19 10 days ago and had isolated himself.

“His kidneys were also weak, because of which he underwent dialysis, but he could not survive,” he said.

Of the second victim, Parvez said: “Huma’s sister was infected with COVID-19 in Lahore, due to which she went to Lahore with her mother. Later, she and her mother also contracted the virus, due to which her mother died Wednesday night and she died on Thursday.”

PBC media coordinator Chaudhry Zameer Ashraf said the PBC has decided to ensure the safety of employees and all possible measures are being taken to protect them from the coronavirus.

A PBC employee said that officially, nine engineers were tested for COVID-19 of which four were positive and the reports of another two employees are still pending.

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India records highest single-day spike, surpasses China toll

India is currently in the fourth phase of lockdown which is till May 31. Cases spiked at record rate during the lockdown 4.0 that allowed much relaxation.

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New Delhi, May 29 : India on Friday not only recorded its largest jump in new cases as it added 7,466 new Covid patients in 24 hours, emerging as the ninth worst-hit country in the world by pandemic, but it also surpassed China’s toll of 4,638 so far as it recorded 4,706 deaths.

While China was the first country to report disease last December and recorded over 84,000 total cases so far, India that reported its first case in January end, now has 1,65,799 cases that is more than Turkey’s (1,60,979).

The only good news for India is that it has shown a 42.88 per cent recovery with 71,105 of the patients who contacted the disease being cured and sent back home. In the past one day, 175 deaths were also reported.

Delhi and Tamil Nadu showed jump of around 1,000 cases as Maharashtra continued to contribute a lion’s share, it was still the worst hit state that reported 59,546 cases so far. Tamil Nadu now has 19,372 and Delhi 16,281 cases.

Gujarat reported 15,562 cases, Rajasthan 8,067, Madhya Pradesh 7,453 and Uttar Pradesh 7,170.

Kerala which had almost flatten the curve, is witnessing a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases, there are now 1,088.

Number of cases have spiked in the North East, with Assam having 856 cases.

Other States and UTs have also reported steady increase and West Bengal now has 4,536 cases, Telangana (2,256), Punjab (2,158), Jammu and Kashmir (2,036), Bihar (3,296) and Andhra Pradesh(3,251).

India is currently in the fourth phase of lockdown which is till May 31. Cases spiked at record rate during the lockdown 4.0 that allowed much relaxation.

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Harsh Vardhan snubs AIIMS director Guleria’s prediction on Covid peak

Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) Director Dr Guleria on May 7 had said, “National and international both experts are analysing the data. Most of them have guessed that India will most likely see the peak in June or July.”

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New Delhi, May 28 : In what appears to be a snub to the prediction made by AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria regarding COVID pandemic peak in the country, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Thursday said its “difficult” to make an assumption about “future scenarios of the disease”.

The Health Minister, in an exclusive interview with IANS, said that given the heterogeneous mathematical modeling based on varied assumptions and less information available about the virus, it was extremely difficult to make accurate predictions about future scenarios of the disease.

To a query by the IANS on when to expect the curve to flatten since AIIMS Director Guleria has said that the situation may worsen in the next two months, Harsh Vardhan clarified, “Right now, we have a steady curve. It has never shown any exponential rise.”

This seemingly public disagreement with Guleria is manifestation of the government’s apparent unhappiness with the AIIMS chief’s comment that sparked off fear psychosis amid the COVID-19 outbreak, in India.

The Minister added, “We are now trying to bend the curve downwards. The trajectory of the outbreak is decided by a number of factors such as pathogenicity and transmissibility of virus; availability of specific treatment or vaccine; as well as collective performance of all public health interventions undertaken to contain the outbreak such as testing and early case detection, isolation, quarantine, contact-tracing, optimum care of cases and surveillance.”

The Minister also said that COVID-19 is a new disease and the behaviour of this virus in the evolving outbreak is “unknown”. “We have isolated the virus and our scientists and epidemiologists are studying it with the help of gene sequencing. Not much data about the virus and the disease is available at the moment,” he said.

“Further as far as the issue of predictions of the further spread of the disease is concerned, let me tell you that I keep on hearing about one mathematical prediction model or the other. There are so many such models giving so many predictions round-the-clock that it is difficult to track them or justify them. But just like any mathematical model, these models are based on a number of assumptions and presumptions which may or may not match with real ground data because the data is still being generated each day and the disease has not matured across the world. Therefore, it beats me as to with so much uncertainties, whether it is possible to make accurate predictions about future scenarios of the disease,” said the minister.

Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) Director Dr Guleria on May 7 had said, “National and international both experts are analysing the data. Most of them have guessed that India will most likely see the peak in June or July.”

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