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Daily NEWS Summary: 21.07.2020

Rajasthan Saga- Pilot Get Three Days of Breath

The High Court of Rajasthan pressed the ‘Pause’ button for the rapid Rajasthan crisis which ordered the Speaker of the State Assembly not to take a decision on the disqualification notices issued by him before Friday. The speaker had previously sent notifications to rebel congressional leader Sachin Pilot and 18 MPs who supported him for “anti-party activity.” An order on this subject is expected on Friday.

Warning against wearing respiratory masks: If you thought an N-95 mask was the highest level of security against the coronavirus, think again. The Director General of Health Services (DGHS) has warned against using N-95 valve respirators, saying they do not prevent the virus from escaping outside and therefore cannot help to contain the Covid-19.

  • In a communication to States, the DGHS said, “It has come to our knowledge that the use of valved respirator N-95 masks is detrimental to the measures adopted for preventing the spread of coronavirus as they do not prevent the virus from escaping out of the mask. In view of the above, I request you to instruct all concerned to follow the use of face/mouth cover and prevent inappropriate use of N-95 masks.” The Central government has stressed the need to wear at least home-made protective cover for the face and mouth whenever people step out of their residences. The advisory further said that the covers must be washed and cleaned each day and only cotton cloth must be used.

The number of coronavirus cases reported in India was 11.88,791 at the time of publication of this summary, with a death toll of 28,747. The government said today that its “ultimate goal” is to reduce Covid-19 positivity rates to 5% and maintain aggressive test levels. The ministry added that 30 states and union territories already had figures below the national average. He added that the number of cases per million in India was 837, which is very low compared to figures in other countries. The number of deaths per million inhabitants is 20.4, compared to 77 in the rest of the world.

Delhi sero prevalence survey

  • A doctor treating a patient at a mohalla clinic in Raja Garden in West Delhi on March 26, 2020, the results of the Delhi sero prevalence study, published on Tuesday, showed that 23. 48% of respondents had developed IgG (immunoglobulin G) antibodies, indicating that they had been exposed to the coronavirus.
  • The study indicated that a large number of infected people remain asymptomatic.
  • In publishing the results of the investigation, the Union Ministry of Health said in a statement Tuesday that the serological survey is being conducted to determine exposure to the new coronavirus among the population.
  • In other words, these antibody tests are not diagnostic and are used to check only for antibodies that form after a person has contracted an infection; they are a proxy for measuring the degree of exposure to the virus in a given population.
  • The Delhi study further indicated that while a significant proportion of the population remains vulnerable, only 23.48% of people are affected almost six months after the start of the epidemic.
  • These cases are mainly found in the densely populated pockets of Delhi.
  • “The capital will have to continue its containment measures with the same rigor and non-pharmacological interventions such as physical distance, the use of a mask / blanket, hand hygiene, cough etiquette and ‘avoid crowded places etc.’, says the study.
  • Madhya Pradesh Governor Lalji Tandon died on Tuesday morning. He was 85 years old. “Babuji nahi rahe (the father is no longer),” announced his son Ashutosh Tandon on Twitter. Tandon was admitted to a private hospital in Lucknow on June 11 after complaining of shortness of breath and fever, Raj Bhavan said.
  • Warner Bros said on Monday, it was indefinitely postponing the release of Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated Tenet, which was to be the first major release of a Hollywood movie after months of closure. “Unfortunately, the pandemic continues to proliferate, forcing us to reevaluate our release dates,” Toby Emmerich, president of Warner Bros Pictures Group, said in a statement.
  • Nalini Sriharan, sentenced to life in prison in the Rajiv Gandhi murder case, allegedly threatened to end her life at Vellore Special Women’s Prison on Monday. Police say there was an argument between Nalini and another person.
  • The Pune-based Indian Whey Institute said it will apply for a license to start clinical trials of the coronavirus vaccine developed at the University of Oxford, PTI reported. The company is the world’s largest manufacturer of vaccines in terms of the number of doses produced and sold globally. It has partnered with the biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca to mass produce the Oxford vaccine.
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