India Railways has asked zonal railways to prepare 20,000 coaches as isolation wards for Covid-19 patients. The rail ministry is taking this measure to make sure for smooth healthcare operations in case the number of positive cases rises drastically in the country.
Initially, around 16 railway ones of the Indian railways will start converting 5,000 coaches into isolation wards to meet the requirement of any contingency of keeping corona patients when required by the government.
Apart from this, Rail Minister also said that more than 6,500 beds at Railway hospitals will also be available for Covid-19 patients.
Following this order, some zonal railways including the Northern Railway, and Southern Railway, have already started preparing the prototypes of such isolation coaches.
The Northern Railway zone says that it has already converted 16 coaches into isolation wards for Covid-19 patients and another 20 coaches will be ready by 31 March.
PM Modi on 28 March 2020 announced a PM CARES relief fund to battle the Covid-19 pandemic in India. The Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM CARES Fund) will be used for battling against coronavirus and similar situations in the future.
The Prime Minister himself is the chairman of this trust and he has asked people to contribute to the PM Cares Fund’s account.
If you want to donate for the PM Cares relief fund, you should know these steps so that you can make payment easily.
You can go to the pmindia.gov.in website and donate to PM CARES fund online or you can do it by using the following details:
Name of the Account: PM CARES
Account Number : 2121PM20202
IFSC Code: SBIN0000691
SWIFT Code : SBININBB104
Name of Bank & Branch: State Bank of India, New Delhi Main Branch
UPI ID: pmcares@sbi
The modes of payments that are accepted by the website are as follows –
Debit Cards and Credit Cards
UPI (BHIM, PhonePe, Amazon Pay, Google Pay, PayTM, Mobikwik, etc.)
Please make sure you make payment to the right account or UPI ID as there are some fake accounts and UPI Ids are being circulates to scam you. To be noted, the donation to this fund will be exempted from income tax.
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed ‘multi-patient ventilators’ to battle coronavirus pandemic in India. The critical COVID-19 patients require ventilators to breathe.
These multi-patient ventilators will support more than one patient through one unit. “In case, there is a large number of patients and a shortage of ventilators, then we can use one ventilator for multiple patients, says DRDO Chairman, Dr. G Satheesh Reddy.
Dr. Reddy also said that the ventilator has been tested in a couple of hospitals and by a couple of doctors and those have given some suggestions to DRDO. The final product with new features will be ready in the next couple of days, he added further.
The DRDO aims to make around 5000 ventilators in the first month. The organization is also developing other protection equipment including five-layered N-99 face masks for the healthcare workers, and sanitization vans.
Bharti Airtel, along with two state telcos- BSNL and MTNL have decided to extend the validity of their prepaid packs amid 21-day lockdown. An additional talk time of Rs 10 will also be added to users’ accounts.
While MTNL and BSNL have extended the validity till April 20, Airtel has extended till April 17. This move has been taken to ensure that incoming call facilities do not stop on the number even if the validity pack gets expired.
It is expected that around 20 crore mobile users in the country will be benefited from this move. The special measure will particularly help migrant workers and daily wagers who may have been impacted due to COVID-19 lockdown.
The Home Ministry has asked the state and UTs governments to ensure that the landlords do not demand any rent from migrant workers for 1 month. Also as per the National Disaster Management Act, employers are bound to pay their workers’ wages without any deduction on the due date, failing to which strict action will be taken.
PS Srivastava, Home Secretary has also asked the States to direct District Magistrates & Superintendents of Police to ensure proper food, shelter and full wages by employers amid the 21-day lockdown period.
The country is under lockdown till April 14, 2020 to counter COVID-19 through social distancing. The 21- day lockdown has majorly impacted lives of migrant workers and daily wagers who have lost their jobs and have no means to sustain their livelihood.
These days hand sanitizer is being used by a majority of people at regular intervals after the recent coronavirus outbreak. Govt officials and healthcare personnel recommend this product every time you touch something from outside to ward-off infection from coronavirus.
However, you should use this product with the utmost care, especially near the fire as it contains alcohol. In an incident, a man from Rewari, Haryana got burnt himself after using sanitizer.
The 44-yr-old man was brought to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital on Sunday night with 35% burn injuries. He got burnt as a fire broke out when he spilled sanitizer on his clothes and it caught fire with cooking gas.
“High ethyl alcohol content-up to 62%-in hand sanitizers makes it highly flammable. Don’t use sanitizers near the fire/heating place. It should be used in sufficient quantity & allowed to dry”, said Dr. Mahesh Mangal, Chairman, Dept of Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Delhi.
So, make sure you use sanitizer in sufficient quantity, allow it to dry and don’t go near a fire until it dries.
After the coronavirus outbreak in India, the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare announced helpline numbers to help people on the same. The central coronavirus helpline number is +91-11-23978046.
Anyone can reach out to this central helpline number for coronavirus related queries and help. Apart from this, people can also call on their respective state and UTs specific numbers which are given below.
The total number of coronavirus cases in India has reached to 942, according to the data provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The deadly virus has claimed 29 lives in the country and there is 21 days nation-wide lockdown announced by MP Modi.
The Delhi Government has set up over 500 relief centers in the city to offer free food and shelter to the needy amid the Covid-19 lockdown. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led government has also launched a customized Google Maps with the locations of these relief centers.
The relief centers as well as shelter homes are located across the city. Needy people can visit these places for lunch which starts at 12 PM and for dinner which starts at 6 PM every day.
The customized Google map for these centers shows locations and shelter homes are denoted with a fork and spoon symbol in red color and the schools are denoted with a food and beverage symbol in blue, where people can get food.
How to Find Relief Center?
You can access the customized map by following the above link on mobile or desktop. Here, you can zoom in to the icons to get a better look. To get the address of the relief center, you can tap on the location pin and it will open up the full address.
The map is built inside Google Maps, so the navigation will appear on the same and people can select the arrow icon for directions.
We consider that most of the people who are in need of these relief centers may not have smartphones, so you guys are advised to guide them through this map.
Abbot Laboratories, a US-based health care company has launched a portable test kit for coronavirus infection. The test kit can tell if someone is COVID-19 positive in just five minutes and it takes 13 minutes to show negative results.
The company said that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had given the test kit emergency authorization to use. Abbott will begin making the test kit available everywhere starting from next week.
The test kit which is the size of a toaster, uses molecular technology that looks for fragments of the coronavirus genome and it can quickly be detected in the patient.
The laboratory plans to supply at least 50,000 test kits a day starting from April 1. It is expected to be available in India very soon.