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Can dogs detect COVID-19? Canines in training to sniff out virusCan dogs detect COVID-19? A British charity believes so, and has begun training canines to sniff out the coronavirus following previous screening success with various illnesses.Medical Detection Dogs, set up in 2008 to harness dogs’ sharp sense of smell to detect human diseases, started working on the project late last month. In its training room in Milton Keynes, in central England, the dogs are being intensively trained to sniff out samples of the virus, and indicate when they have found it to receive a treat. The approach is based on a belief that each disease triggers a distinct odour, which canines are uniquely well-placed to smell. The charity has previously worked with its dogs to detect cancers, Parkinson’s disease and bacterial infections using samples taken from patients.Deposits in Jan Dhan accounts surge in 1st week of April

The deposits in Jan Dhan accounts saw a sudden surge in the first week of April, mainly due to the central government transferring money into such accounts to help beneficiaries deal with the difficulties during the lockdown. According to official data, the total deposits into the accounts opened under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) increased to Rs 1.28 lakh crore during the week ended April 8, 2020 as compared to Rs 1.20 lakh crore at the end of April 1, 2020.

9 new cases in Karnataka, state tally at 427

9 new COVID19 cases (2-Bengaluru, 5-Kalaburagi, 2-Mysuru) confirmed in the state from yesterday 5:00 PM to today 5:… https://t.co/tuHXlaK1lu

— ANI (@ANI) 1587556033000Jakarta extends social restrictions to May 22UK confident of hitting 100,000 COVID-19 daily tests target, Raab says

British foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Wednesday the government was confident it would meet its target of carrying out 100,000 tests a day for the coronavirus by the end of the month.

Swiss govt says coronavirus death toll rises to 1,217; positive tests reaches 28,268Will allow homeward journey of people stranded in UP: AdityanathChief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said their government will allow other states if they want to take home their residents stranded in Uttar Pradesh due to the coronavirus lockdown.“If the governments of other states wish to recall their citizens stranded in Uttar Pradesh because of the lockdown, our government will give permission and cooperate,” the CM said during a review meeting on coronavirus with senior officials.Lockdown: Assam hikes fuel pricesAssam has increased fuel prices steeply to cover “some of the losses” incurred due to the nationwide lockdown imposed to contain the spread of novel coronavirus, Finance and Health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Wednesday. The price of petrol increased from Rs 71.61 to Rs 77.46 per litre and of diesel from Rs 65.07 to Rs 70.50 per litre.The revised rates will be effective from April 22 midnight.Gujarat: Seven test positive in campaign against ‘super spreaders’As many as seven COVID-19 cases were detected among essential service providers, who were screened as potential “super spreaders”, under the campaign launched by the local body in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad city, a senior official said on Wednesday. At least 4,741 persons were screened and 551 samples collected in the last two days, as part of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s campaign targeting vegetable vendors, grocery and medicine shop owners, petrol pump attendants and garbage collectors, who are categorised as potential “super spreaders”, municipal commissioner Vijay Nehra said.Stranded Sikh devotees issue: Harsimrat thanks Home Minister Amit Shah

Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Wednesday thanked Home Minister Amit Shah for speaking to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray for evacuation of Sikh devotees stranded at the historic Gurdwara Hazur Sahib at Nanded.

COVID-19 cases in Madhya Pradesh up by 40 to 1,587With 40 more persons testing coronavirus positive in Madhya Pradesh till Wednesday afternoon, the number of such patients in the state climbed to 1,587, health officials said. However, as no fresh COVID-19 death was reported since Tuesday night, the death toll in the state remains 80, a state health bulletin said.The virus has now expanded its footprint to 28 out of the total 52 districts in the state with one more district Burhanpur – added in the list.One new case reported from Jajpur, Odisha; the total number of positive cases is now 83 (including 50 active cases, 32 recovered, and 1 death): Information and Public Relations Dept, Odisha3 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Nepal. They were kept in Army’s Quarantine in Tandi. The total number of positive cases rise to 45 : Health Ministry27 new COVID-19 cases reported today, all from the Kashmir division. Total number of positive cases is now 407 ( Jammu-56 and Kashmir-35): Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary- Planning, Jammu & KashmirRomania to relax lockdown measures from May 15- President

Romania will begin to relax its nationwide lockdown in stages from May 15 but citizens will be required to wear protective masks in enclosed spaces and public transport, President Klaus Iohannis said on Wednesday.

Prime Minister of Nepal thanks Narendra Modi for supplying 23 tonnes of essential medicines

I thank PM Narendra Modi ji for India's generous support of 23 tonnes of essential medicines to Nepal, to fight… https://t.co/Hxj7Zsr1o2

— ANI (@ANI) 15875543240002000 doctors’ recruitment underway: Rajasthan Health Minister Raghu Sharma

Recruitment process of 12500 General Nursing & Midwife & Auxiliary Nurse Midwife had been completed but posting cou… https://t.co/1dIvdTfkVB

— ANI (@ANI) 1587553304000State Govts/ UTs requested to appoint Nodal Officers available 24*7: MHA

State Govts/ UTs requested to appoint Nodal Officers at State/UT level&at Dist level, who would be available 24*7 to redress any safety issue on the functioning of medical professionals. They should also take immediate & strict action in case any incident of violence takes place, said MHA.

A total of 7,037 samples have been tested till now: West Bengal Chief Secretary

It is not true that we are doing less number of tests. A total of 7037 samples have been tested till now. There is… https://t.co/NZX4LJEbFa

— ANI (@ANI) 1587553131000MHA to states

MHA to States: Ensure adequate security to healthcare professionals, medical staff & frontline workers to prevent v… https://t.co/UvTdt6S6ak

— ANI (@ANI) 1587553067000K’taka govt launches “Apthamitra” helpline and App to fight COVID-19The helpline “14410” will cover residents in all parts of the state. According to the department, the ‘Apthamitra’ helpline will work from 8 AM to 8 PM, with helpline Centers at six locations in Bengaluru (four centers), Mysore and Mangalore (Bantwal) with total of 300 seat capacity are being set up.Take decision fast on Rath Jatra in Puri: Congress to Odisha CMState Congress chief Niranjan Patnaik on Wednesday urged Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to ensure a quick decision over the annual Rath Jatra of Lord Jagannath after holding talks with Puri Shankaracharya and others keeping in view the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter to the chief minister, the state Congress chief said while Rath Jatra is scheduled on June 23, construction of chariots for the trinity begins on the auspicious occasion of Akshaya Tritiya, which is on April 26 and logs for the purpose have already reached the holy town.2 fresh COVID-19 cases in Kanpur, total cases at 79Pandemic to drive carbon emissions down 6% this year: WMOThe coronavirus pandemic is expected to drive carbon dioxide emissions down 6% this year, the head of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Wednesday, in what would be the biggest yearly drop since World War Two.”This crisis has had an impact on the emissions of greenhouse gases,” WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas told a virtual briefing in Geneva.It’ll be months before coronavirus vaccine is ready – German ministerHealth Minister Jens Spahn said on Wednesday that it would take months to get any vaccine for coronavirus ready after Germany’s vaccines regulator approved live human testing of a potential vaccine against the Covid-19 virus.”It’s a good sign that development in Germany has reached the point where we can begin initial clinical trials,” Spahn told reporters. “At the same time it’s important to stress that it will take months for any vaccine to be fully tested and available even if we have now started the first clinical studies,” he said.146 Indian crew members stranded on a cruise ship due to coronavirus pandemic will disembark in Mumbai on Thursday; none COVID-19 patient: Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Office.Minimum wages, safety for truckers essential for smooth supply chain in lockdown: Ashok Leyland

The government may consider giving minimum wages to truck drivers, providing insurance cover and ensuring their health and safety as some of the measures to ensure disruption-free transportation of essential supplies during the lockdown, Ashok Leyland Managing Director and CEO Vipin Sondhi said on Tuesday.

COVID-19: Vedanta spent Rs 151 cr on preventive healthcare, free mealsMetals and mining giant Vedanta on Wednesday said it has spent Rs 151 crore so far to provide preventive healthcare to local communities and distributing free meals to daily wage workers.Having taken various precautionary measures to ensure the safety and well-being of its employees, Vedanta has reached out to over seven lakh community members to prevent the spread of the pandemic, the company said in a statement.Vedanta had earlier announced a Rs 100 crore corpus which it this month increased to more than Rs 200 crore for providing relief to daily workers, preventive healthcare and welfare of employees and contract partners amid the lockdown to contain coronavirus pandemic.There are no COVID-19 active cases in Pilibhit, Lakihimpur Kheri, Hathras, Bareilly, Prayagraj, Shahjahanpur, Maharajganj, Barabanki, Hardoi and Kaushambhi districts: State Principal Secretary (Medical & Health) Amit Mohan Prasad1,412 cases in UP now

Up from 1,337. 1,226 active cases , 165 have been recovered and 21 deaths.10 districts have been declared Covid-19 free. 43 out of 53 affected districts have active cases now.

IGIB scientists develop low cost COVID-19 test; name it after detective character ‘Feluda’Scientists at the CSIR’s Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology have come up with a low-cost coronavirus test that will not require any expensive machines for detection of the pathogen.Named after ‘Feluda’, the detective character in legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s stories, the test has been developed by Debojyoti Chakraborty and Souvik Maiti as a simpler way of detecting SARS-coV2 presence in clinical samples, IGIB Director Anurag Agarwal said.
CSIR is a department under the Union Ministry of Science and Technology.
It starts the same way as a normal real time reverse transcription- polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), which is extraction of ribonucleic acid (RNA) and its conversion to deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), Agarwal said.
Ukraine PM says coronavirus quarantine extended till May 11Total number of diagnosed cases of new coronavirus in Iran reaches 85,996 – Health Ministry official

Iran death toll from new coronavirus outbreak reaches 5,391.

Over 2,600 women making face masks in Assam to tackle shortageAP announces one-time aid of Rs 2k to 6,000 fishermen struck in Gujarat due to lockdownAndhra Pradesh government on Wednesday announced one-time financial assistance of Rs 2,000 each to over 6,000 fishermen stuck in Gujarat in view of COVID-19 lockdown.A decision in this regard was taken by chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy after reviewing the state’s preparedness at large for combating COVID-19 disease amid rise in number of cases.”The Chief Minister has directed the authorities to ensure that one-time financial assistance of Rs 2,000 is given to each of the fishermen stuck in Gujarat,” an official statement said.Indian-origin doctor issues ‘soul searching’ open letter to Boris Johnson

An Indian-origin doctor has called on Boris Johnson to ensure the state-funded National Health Service is kept well-resourced even beyond crisis times as he issued a sharply-worded open letter addressed to the British Prime Minister in relation to the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Odisha begins disseminating COVID-19 info through WhatsApp

The Odisha government on Wednesday started disseminating information on novel coronavirus outbreak through WhatsApp, officials said. To get the latest information on the coronavirus outbreak and the state government’s containment measures, people will need to send a ‘Hi’ on WhatsApp number 9337929000, they said.

A 55-year-old COVID-19 patient, resident of Weir, district Bharatpur who was admitted in SMS hospital Jaipur on 18th April passed away on 20th April. She suffered from diabetes: Rajasthan Health DepartmentGovt brings ordinance making attack on doctors, paramedic staff punishable with up to 7 years prisonThe government has brought in an ordinance to amend the Epidemic Diseases Act making attacks on doctors, paramedic staff and ASHA workers a non-bailable offence under punishable up to seven years in prison and fine of up to Rs 5 lakhs.The police will investigate the case in one month and the case will be fast tracked with the final judgement to come within a year.Those found to be vandalising the private clinic or a car belonging to a doctor will be asked to pay twice the market value of these assets.No decision has been taken yet on the resumption of flight operations. An announcement will be made on time as to when it will resume: Union Minister Prakash JavadekarHealth briefings will now be reduced to 4 days a week, press releases and Cabinet briefing on alternate days

– P. Javadekar

TN govt announces intensified measures to stem COVID-19 spreadWith the city recording the highest number of COVID-19 positive cases in Tamil Nadu, the state government on Wednesday announced intensified measures to stem the spread of the pandemic, including expediting contact tracing and testing those with symptoms like fever.Of the 1,596 positive cases reported so far in Tamil Nadu, the state capital has 358 infections, followed by Coimbatore (134) and Tirupur (109).Chief Minister K Palaniswami said he has directed implementing a series of measures to check the spread of the contagion in the city.”Considering the prevailing situation, I have directed steps to completely curb public movement in containment zones, expedite contact tracing and subject them to tests, and carry out coronavirus testing on those in the city limits with symptoms like breathlessnes, fever and throat pain,” he said in a statement.IMA calls off proposed protests after meeting with ShahThe Indian Medical Association (IMA) has called off its proposed ‘White alert’ and ‘Black day’ protests scheduled on April 22 and 23 following a meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah through video conference on Wednesday.The doctors’ body has been demanding that the Centre bring a law to protect healthcare workers from rising attacks at a time when they are battling COVID-19.Second batch of 225 Iran returnees reaches Ladakh after undergoing quarantine in RajasthanThe second batch of 225 pilgrims who had returned from Iran reached here on Wednesday in a special Indian Air Force plane after undergoing quarantine in Rajasthan, officials said.The returnees, 208 hailing from Kargil and 17 from Leh, were airlifted from Jodhpur to Leh and were subjected to screening by a medical team on their arrival at Leh airport, the officials said.They were evacuated from coronavirus-hit Iran by a special plane on March 25 and were put under quarantine at various facilities in Rajasthan.Death toll from coronavirus in Europe tops 110,000: AFP tallyOver 1,000 foreign workers, including Indians, test positive for coronavirus in SingaporeOver 1,000 foreign workers, including Indian nationals, tested positive for coronavirus in Singapore on Wednesday, taking the total number of infections to 10,141, as the city-state battles a second wave of contagion.The “vast majority” of the new cases are work permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in its preliminary release of figures. More than 1,000 foreign workers, including Indian nationals, are among 1,016 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Singapore on Wednesday noon, according to official figures.If damage is done to the vehicles or clinics of healthcare workers, then a compensation amounting to twice the market value of the damaged property will be taken from the accused

– Prakash Javadekar

Amendment to be made to Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 and Ordinance will be implemented. Such crime will now be cognizable & non-bailable. Investigation will be done within 30 days. Accused can be sentenced from 3 months-5 yrs & penalised from Rs 50,000 upto Rs 2 Lakh: P JavadekarIn case of grievous injuries, the accused can be sentenced from 6 months to 7 years. They can be penalised from Rs 1 Lakhs to Rs 5 Lakhs

– Union Minister Prakash Javadekar

Fine ranges from Rs 50,000 to Rs 2,00,000 for violence against frontline workers

– Prakash Javadekar

Central Government has brought an ordinance to end violence against health workers, carries imprisonment from 6 months to 7 years if anyone found guilty

– Prakash Javadekar

25 lakhs N-95 masks available, 2.5 crore more masks ordered

– Prakash Javadekar

723 hospitals dedicated to Covid-19 with almost 2 lakh isolation beds have been built in just 3 months

– Prakash Javedekar

Health workers who are trying to save the country from this epidemic are unfortunately facing attacks. No incident of violence or harrasamemnt, against them will be tolerated. An ordinance has been brought in, it’ll be implemented after President’s sanction: Union Min P JavadekarUnion Minister Prakash Javadekar briefs the media after cabinet meetingSix staff members including a doctor of Mumbai’s Hospital test positive for COVID-19

They are being treated at the ICU care unit of Bhatia Hospital. They are stable and responding well to the treatment, confirmed Bhatia Hospital, Mumbai.

133 new cases reported in Rajasthan today, state count reaches 1,868

133 positive cases reported in Rajasthan today so far – 44 in Ajmer, 66 in Jaipur, 1 each in Bharatpur, Dausa & Saw… https://t.co/ToStdVvSFP

— ANI (@ANI) 1587547498000Doubling rate of cases is 14 days in Haryana as against 7.5 days on the national level: Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij

We had placed orders for 1.1 lakh testing kits from 2 Chinese firms which has been cancelled. We've placed fresh or… https://t.co/yPGy5n2bqS

— ANI (@ANI) 1587547205000Five more persons tested positive for COVID-19; total number of cases in the state stands at 136. Contact tracing is being done: Sanjay Kumar, Principal Secretary, Health Department, BiharChange of crew to be allowed only after a seafarer is found COVID-19 negative: Govt

Guidelines for change of crew issued; to pave way for return of thousands of stuck seafarers to their homes, says govt.

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