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TOP Ten countries kept out Covid-19

Coronavirus has been labelled a pandemic but a handful of countries have not yet reported any cases.

Territories with confirmed cases of COVID-19

Scientists, health officials and governments across the world have encouraged citizens to practise physical distancing and to avoid going out unless for necessary purposes.

According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, more than 23.7 million people have been infected, and the global death toll is at least 814,000. More than 15 million patients have recovered.

Here are a few countries that have not reported any cases of the coronavirus so far:

Kiribati

Marshall Islands

Micronesia

Nauru

North Korea

Palau

Samoa

Solomon Islands

Tonga

Turkmenistan

Tuvalu

Vanuatu

 

World’s first Covid-19 vaccine? Russia successfully completes clinical trials

After over six months of novel coronavirus outbreak, which has infected more than 12 million people and killed over 500,000 all over the world, the clinical trials of the purportedly world’s first coronavirus vaccine have been successfully completed.

The clinical trials of the world’s first coronavirus vaccine on volunteers at Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University has been successfully completed, Vadim Tarasov, the director of the Institute for Translational Medicine and Biotechnology, according to Russian news agency Sputnik, adding that the first group of volunteers would be discharged on 15 July and the second on 20 July.

The university began clinical trials of the vaccine produced by Russia’s Gamalei Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology on June 18.

“Sechenov University has successfully completed tests on volunteers of the world’s first vaccine against coronavirus,” Tarasov said.

According to Alexander Lukashev, the director of the Institute of Medical Parasitology, Tropical and Vector-Borne Diseases at Sechenov University, the objective of this stage of the study was to show the vaccine’s safety for human health, which was successfully done.

“The safety of the vaccine is confirmed. It corresponds to the safety of those vaccines that are currently on the market,” Lukashev told Sputnik.

The further vaccine development plan is already being determined by the developer’s strategy, including the complexity of the epidemiological situation with the virus and the possibility of scaling up production, Lukashev added.

“Sechenov University in a pandemic situation acted not only as an educational institution but also as a scientific and technological research center that is able to participate in the creation of such important and complex products as drugs … We worked with this vaccine, starting with preclinical studies and protocol development, and clinical trials are currently underway,” Tarasov noted.

While over 7 million virus-infected people have recovered so far, scientists and other healthcare systems worldwide are trying to upgrade production and development of a potential Covid-19 vaccine as soon as possible.

Gilead Sciences, Oxford University’s researchers and American biotech company Moderna are at the forefront of developing a Covid-19 vaccine. However, Gilead Sciences Inc said earlier that an analysis showed its antiviral remdesivir helped reduce the risk of death in severely ill COVID-19 patients, but cautioned that rigorous clinical trials were needed to confirm the benefit.

Moreover, BioNTech SE and Pfizer Inc’s Covid-19 vaccine candidate is expected to be ready to seek regulatory approval by the end of 2020, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing the German biotech firm’s chief executive officer. The experimental vaccine, which showed promise against the fast-spreading respiratory illness in early stage human testing, is expected to move into a large trial involving 30,000 healthy participants later this month, pending regulatory nod.

Reference: LiveMint

Food Safety and Precaution: How to wash vegetables to prevent COVID-19

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, there are over 7M million confirmed cases and over 400K deaths reported globally. Coronavirus has created a panic but also generated awareness among masses about good hygiene. During this crucial time, the governments of nations are trying their best to ensure adequate supply of essential commodities to the public with appropriate food safety and handling measures.

Recently, some myths are spreading related to COVID-19 transmission and to show a clearer picture, health researchers with years of experience working at AMRI Hospitals, suggest certain measures to wash fruits and vegetables properly in order to safeguard them from the virus.

Here are a few tips to wash fruits and vegetables properly before consumption

  1. Wash hands, before washing vegetables or fruits

Washing hands is imperative to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It is suggested to wash your hands before you rinse vegetables. Wash them for at least 20 seconds with soap and water before cleaning the produce. Washing your hands afterwards is also recommended.

  1. Rinse vegetables and fruits in running water

All the fruits and vegetables must be rinsed under running water and thoroughly rubbed with hands. Rinsing the produce before you peel it helps in avoiding the transmission of dirt and bacteria.

  1. Don’t use soap or any detergent

Health experts at AMRI Hospitals suggest not to use any soap or detergent to clean the produce. Thoroughly wasing vegetables and fruits under running water is sufficient.

  1. Brush or sponge can be used

To deep clean root vegetables like potatoes and carrots, a vegetable brush or sponge can be used.

  1. Pay extra attention to certain vegetables and fruits

Fruits like berries and leafy vegetables require extra care and gentleness while cleaning. You can place them in a colander and rinse them thoroughly under running water to eliminate germs. Additionally, peeling or cooking fruits and vegetables can also help in removing bacteria.

From washing vegetables properly to preparing meals with all hygiene and safety precautions, everyday measures can certainly help you in safeguarding your loved ones against COVID-19.

Air India Delhi-Moscow Flight Returns As Pilot Has COVID, Probe Ordered

Coronavirus: The Air India Delhi-Moscow plane returned midway after the pilot was found infected with coronavirus.

The aviation regulator DGCA will order a probe into a “lapse” after an empty Air India plane flying from Delhi to Moscow returned midway when the pilot was found infected with coronavirus.

The state-run carrier’s ground team realised the pilot was a COVID-19 patient only after the Airbus A320NEO had taken off.

Sources in the Directorate General of Civil Aviation or DGCA said “prima facie, this appears to be a lapse” as the pilot was not supposed to be on the plane if he was found positive.

Air India conducts at least 200 coronavirus tests a day in Delhi alone for all its crew ahead of all flights that they operate. The results of these tests are centrally processed by the airline.

The Air India plane took off from Delhi after 7 am today and returned to the national capital at 12:30 pm, sources said.

The crew has been quarantined. Another plane will be sent to Moscow to bring back Indians, officials said.

Pilots are tested for coronavirus before they are allowed to fly.

So far 45,000 Indians have been flown home from abroad under the centre’s “Vande Bharat Mission” that was launched on May 7 to repatriate stranded Indians amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. It said one lakh more will be flown home till June 13.

Reference: NDTV

Newborn twins become Gujarat’s youngest Coronavirus Patients

A woman from Molipur village in the district, who had tested positive for the virus, gave birth to twins at the Vadnagar Civil Hospital on May 16, said Manoj Daxini, district development officer.

Twin brother and sister, born six days ago in Gujarat’s Mehsana district, have tested positive for coronavirus, becoming the state’s youngest patients for the viral infection, an official said on Friday.

A woman from Molipur village in the district, who had tested positive for the virus, gave birth to twins at the Vadnagar Civil Hospital on May 16, said Manoj Daxini, district development officer.

“This is the first case in Gujarat where newborn infants, that too twins, have tested positive for coronavirus.

While the male infant tested positive on May 18, the baby girl’s reports came on Friday,” he said.

Both infants were in a stable condition, he said.

“The woman hails from Molipur village, where several COVID-19 cases were detected after three persons who had returned from Mumbai tested positive,” Daxini said.

At least 93 coronavirus cases have been detected in Mehsana district so far.

Delhi Metro rides in Lockdown 4.0: No beeps, no frisking at security check

With indications coming that the Delhi Metro will start in lockdown 4.0 beginning from Monday, the CISF is already equipped with providing security cover to the public transport facility premises, but this time with a new set of measures that include “no beep at DFMD, no frisking” method.

 

It will be the first time in the Delhi Metro when passengers will not have to go through physical frisking by the security personnel of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) — whose over 12,500 personnel, including women, currently guard the Metro in round-the-clock eight-hour shifts. The CISF has been guarding the Delhi Metro since April 15, 2007.

The new method will be followed among other mandatory norms by all CISF personnel deputed near X-Ray baggage scanner machine gates from where passengers get entry inside stations.

As physical frisking will not be there, it does not mean that security is being compromised. This is to maintain social distancing between the CISF personnel and the passengers only to contain the spread of novel COVID-19 disease which till Sunday has affected 116 personnel of the paramilitary force

As a total of 29 CISF personnel deputed in the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) have been found COVID-19 positive till Sunday, “no physical frisking” move of the force is only to maintain distancing from passengers. It will protect both passengers as well as the on duty CISF personnel.

Explaining “No beep at DFMD (Door Frame Metal Detector), no frisking” move, a senior CISF official, requesting anonymity, told IANS that “it does not mean that security will be compromised”.

“If beep sound comes when a passenger crosses through the DFMD door, he or she will be stopped and they will be asked to take out the metal carried by them. If the DFMD door does not make a beep sound, the passenger will be allowed to proceed without frisking which used to be done earlier,” the official said.

The official, however, maintained there will be more changes in the norms soon after the new guidelines of lockdown 4.0 are announced.

Stopped since March 22, Delhi Metro’s 248 stations are guarded by the CISF and the force is also responsible for provide security to the passengers on the 345 km network in what is the safest mode of transport which used to ferry around 32 lakh people per day before the lockdown.

Among the other precautions checked by the CISF would be the Aarogya Setu app in the mobile phone of every passenger, wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.

The crowds at the Metro stations will also be checked by the CISF personnel and people will not be allowed to enter if there are enough people already inside the station.

If needed, the entry gates will be closed, the official said.

The official added that thermal screening of all passengers will be done and those having flu-like symptoms will be barred from entering.

A dedicated CISF team will intermittently check the seating arrangements to ensure that passengers sit on alternate seats. The force will also allow only limited people to stand inside the trains, the official said.

Hand sanitisers will be arranged at the entry and exit points of each station to avoid virus spread and the guards on direct contact duty will be wearing face masks and hand gloves.

Quick Reaction Teams of the CISF will be provided Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE) kits so as to maintain security as well as provide help to passengers in need.

Though a decision has not been taken by the Centre on when Metro services will resume as the third phase of the nationwide lockdown ends on Sunday, the CISF is prepared with detailed norms when Metro rides will be given the nod.