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Daily NEWS Summary: 18.10.2020

India passed peak of COVID-19, Ministry of Science panel said

India passed peak of COVID-19 in September and if current trends continue there will be “minimal cases” in February. These are the findings of a modeling study conducted by a seven-member expert group on the future course of the pandemic, which was commissioned by the Department of Science and Technology.

  • The COVID burden in India is expected to be capped at 106 lakh of symptomatic infections early next year, with fewer than 50,000 active cases in December, according to the study.
  • There are 74 lakh of confirmed cases on Sunday, of which around 7.80,000 are active infections.
  • However, this is based on the fact that there are no spikes caused by festivals or mutations in the virus that help its spread in winter.

‘Second wave possible in winter’

  • Meanwhile, Niti Aayog member VK Paul, who also heads a panel of experts coordinating efforts to tackle the pandemic in the country, in an interview with PTI said that while cases and deaths have declined in most states, he cannot rule out. the possibility of a second wave of infections in winter.

“In India, new cases of coronavirus and the number of deaths have declined over the past three weeks and the pandemic has stabilized in most states.

said Dr Paul.

“However, there are five states (Kerala, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal) and 3-4 Union Territories (UT) where there is still an upward trend,”

said Dr Paul.
  • India is in a somewhat better position now, he said, but the country still has a long way to go as 90% of people are still susceptible to coronavirus infections.

Health Minister says Kerala is paying the price for ‘gross neglect’ during Onam

  • With Kerala having recently seen an increase in coronavirus infections, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, said on Sunday the state was paying the ‘gross negligence pricing’ during the Onam festivities by unlocking services coupled with an increase in travel for commerce and tourism led to the spread of Covid-19 .
  • The minister said this should serve as a good lesson for all state governments that have been negligent in planning the festival season.
  • Kerala’s COVID-19 tally topped 3.3 lakh, while the figure rose to 1,139 on Saturday. Prior to Onam (August 22), the state had reported around 54,000 cases, while the death toll was nearly 200.
  • During an interaction with its social media followers in the sixth episode “Sunday Samvaad,” the Dr. Vardhan reiterated his call for everyone to celebrate festivals at home with their loved ones in the traditional way to avoid the risk of COVID-19 infection.

Pollution problem cannot be solved in a day – Environment Minister

  • Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Sunday that the pollution problem could not be solved in a day and that continued efforts were needed to address each of the contributing factors.
  • When interacting with people at a Facebook Live event, he said the major drivers of air pollution in the country are traffic, industries, waste, dust, stubble, geography and meteorology.
  • The minister said the number of “bad air days” had increased from 250 in 2016 to 180 in 2020. He said people have an important role to play in tackling air pollution and urged them to download the application.
  • Mobile “Sameer” of the pollution control unit. Monitoring board for pollution levels in different cities.

The number of coronavirus cases reported in India has exceeded 7.5 million and stands at 75,46,351 at the time of publication of this bulletin with the death toll at 1,14,627.

  • After a four-day hiatus, further rains began on Sunday, hitting Kalaburagi district, already rocked by heavy flooding as the Bhim River overflowed.
  • The rains began around 2:45 p.m. and its extent and effects are still unknown. The water level at Bhima rose as the inlet and outlet of the Sonna Dam fell from 8 cusecs lakh on Saturday to 8.5 cusecs lakh on Sunday.
  • Deputy Commissioner Vijaya Jyothsna, Executive Director of Zilla Panchayat, Dr P. Raja, Additional Commissioner for Public Education Nalin Atul visited Sonna Dam and other flood affected areas and assessed the situation.

The bowling action of Kolkata Knight Riders’ off spinner Sunil Narine has been cleared by the Indian Premier League and he was removed from its suspect action warning list. Kolkata had requested an official assessment of Narine’s bowling action after his name was put on the warning list. The offspinner could have continued playing in the league but since October 10 hasn’t featured in any Kolkata game as a precautionary step taken by his franchise.

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