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Covid-19 Mortality Rate In India Around 3.3%, Over 13% Patients Have Recovered So Far: Health Ministry.

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Door-To-Door Delivery Of Newspapers And Magazines Prohibited In Maharashtra For Covid-19.

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CSIRCFTRI’s Protein-Enriched Biscuits Reach COVID-19 Patients.

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CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories (CSIR-NAL), Bengaluru & MAF Clothing Develop ‘Personal Protective Coverall Suit’ For Healthcare Workers Combating.

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MP Govt Starts Manufacturing 10,000 PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) Kits Daily For Healthcare Workers On Covid-19.

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Currently, Government Permission Mandatory Only For Investments Coming From Bangladesh And Pakistan.

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World economy bound to suffer a “severe recession” in 2020: IMF.

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4478 M High Matterhorn Mountain In Swiss Alps Lights Up With Indian Flag In Show Of Solidarity On Covid-19.

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International Day For Monuments And Sites (World Heritage Day) Celebrated On April 18; Theme: ‘Shared Cultures, Shared Heritage, Shared Responsibility’.

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Spanish Language Chilean Author Luis Sepulveda Dies Aged 70 In Spain Due To COVID-19.

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COVID-19 Pandemic: BCCI Creates ‘Team Mask Force’ Video To Promote Wearing Masks In Public Places.

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Covid-19 Mortality Rate In India Around 3.3%, Over 13% Patients Have Recovered So Far: Health Ministry.

Addressing a daily media briefing about the novel coronavirus situation in the country, Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry Lav Agarwal said data indicates that of the people who died due the infection 14.4 per cent were between 0-45 years, 10.3 per cent between 45-60 years, 33.1 per cent between 60-75 years and 42.2 per cent were aged 75 and above. “We saw that 75.3 per cent deaths were among those aged 60 or above and in 83 per cent cases there were co-morbidities,” he said and reiterated that the elderly and those with co-morbid conditions are at high risk.

By Saturday evening, the death toll due to coronavirus infection in India rose to 488, while the number of cases climbed to 14,792, according to data provided by the Centre. While the number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 12,289, as many as 2,014 people have been cured of the disease and discharged, and one had migrated, it said. About containment strategies implemented along with the lockdown, Agarwal said field-level actions are fetching positive results in several places.

“A positive trend has been noted in 47 districts of 23 states and Union Territories. Kodaggu in Karnataka is a new district added to this list along with Mahe in Puducherry that has not reported any fresh cases during the last 28 days,” the official said. Twenty-two new districts in 12 states have not reported any fresh case in the last 14 days. These districts include Lakhisarai, Bhagalpur and Gopalganj in Bihar, Udaipur and Dholpur in Rajasthan, Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir, Rohtak in Haryana and Vishakhaptnam in Andhra Pradesh, Agarwal said. He, however, stated that Patna in Bihar, Nadia in West Bengal and Panipat in Haryana where there were no COVID-19 positive cases in the first two weeks, have now reported incidents of the infection.

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Door-To-Door Delivery Of Newspapers And Magazines Prohibited In Maharashtra

For Covid-19.

The Maharashtra government on Saturday said door-to-door delivery of newspapers and magazines was prohibited as part of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

The state government issued consolidated guidelines to control the spread of the pandemic and gave details about the services which will be partially resumed from April 20. Although the print media has been exempted from the lockdown from April 20 onwards, door-to-door delivery of newspapers and magazines will be prohibited, given the extent of the spread, the government stated.

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CSIR-CFTRI’s Protein-Enriched Biscuits Reach COVID-19 Patients.

The Mysuru-based CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute (CRTRI) has made available high-protein biscuits to the COVID-19 patients undergoing treatment in the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), New Delhi. CFTRI supplied 500 kg of high-protein biscuits and 500 kg of high-protein rusks to the Dietetics department of AIIMS to supply to the patients. The biscuits were supplied on request from the officials of the Institute.

The biscuits contain 14% of protein while usual biscuits contain around 8-9% protein.  “The enriched biscuits will provide protein needed for recuperating patients”, says Dr. KSMS Raghavarao, Director, CSIR-CFTRI.

“It is also pertinent to mention here that the recipe formulation of the protein-enriched products is being done by the dedicated scientists of CSIR-CFTRI Mysuru and manufactured as per FSSAI regulations.,” says Dr. Parmeet Kaur, Chief Dietician, AIIMS, about the biscuits. COVID patients undergoing treatment in the hospital along with others will be receiving the biscuits as part of their routine diet.

The following ingredients go into the making of the biscuits: whole wheat flour (Atta), wheat flour (Maida), sugar, hydrogenated fat, soya flour, whey protein, soy protein, milk solids, glucose, INS 500II and INS 503II agents, salt and flavours. A 100-g packet of biscuits clearly pack a punch with its energy quotient of 400 kcal and its nutritional value: carbohydrate (63.2 g), protein (14 g), fat (17.1 g) and minerals (1.2 g).

The biscuits are being manufactured in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, by Seven Seas Private Limited based on the formulation developed by CSIR-CFTRI.The logistic support to supply to the needy is being provided by the Indian Society of Agricultural Professionals, New Delhi.

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CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories (CSIR-NAL), Bengaluru & MAF Clothing Develop ‘Personal Protective Coverall Suit’ For Healthcare Workers Combating.

CSIR constituent Lab in Bengaluru, CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories (CSIR-NAL), along with MAF Clothing Pvt. Ltd., Bengaluru has developed and certified the overall protective coverall suit. The polyproplylene spun laminated multi-layered non-woven fabric based coverall can be used to ensure the safety of Doctors, Nurses, Paramedical staff and Health Care workers working round the clock on COVID-19 mitigation.  

CSIR-NAL team lead by Dr. Harish C Barshilia, Dr. Hemant Kumar Shukla, and Mr. M J Viju of MAF have worked quickly to find the solution to the problem by identifying suitable indigenous materials and innovative manufacturing processes.   

The Coveralls have gone through stringent testing at SITRA, Coimbatore and have been qualified for use. CSIR-NAL and MAF have plans to augment the production capacity to about 30,000 units per day within four weeks’ time.  Shri Jitendra J Jadhav, Director, CSIR-NAL has stated that the major advantages of these Coveralls are that they are highly competitive in price as compared to other manufacturers and the import content is negligible. He appreciated the efforts of NAL, MAF Clothing Pvt Ltd and SITRA team who have worked round the clock for this national cause by accelerating the development and certification process.

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MP Govt Starts Manufacturing 10,000 PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) Kits Daily For Healthcare Workers On Covid-19.

Madhya Pradesh has started manufacturing 10,000 personal protective equipment (PPE) kits daily for frontline warriors battling coronavirus, the state’s Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Mohammed Suleman said on Saturday.

PTI PTI, New Delhi, Apr 18 2020, 19:09 ist updated: Apr 18 2020, 19:09 ist Personnel Protective equipment (iStock photo) Madhya Pradesh has started manufacturing 10,000 personal protective equipment (PPE) kits daily for frontline warri.

Suleman said the state government has over 9.5 lakh of hydroxychloroquine tablets and adequate stock of N-95 masks. Twenty-five dedicated COVID 19 hospitals have been set up in Madhya Pradesh, besides 66 dedicated health centres and more than 400 COV. The official said the state government has received 30,000 rapid diagnostic kits from the central government and they will be made available in Indore and other cities. “COVID treatment is free in Madhya Pradesh. Nobody would be charged a single penn.

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Currently, Government Permission Mandatory Only For Investments Coming From Bangladesh And Pakistan.

Currently, government permission is mandatory only for investments coming from Bangladesh and Pakistan. It said the Government of India has reviewed the Foreign Direct Investment Policy to curb “opportunistic takeovers/acquisitions” of Indian companies due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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World economy bound to suffer a “severe recession” in 2020: IMF.

IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said on Friday that the world economy was in a sluggish recovery before the coronavirus outbreak, warning that it is now bound to suffer a “severe recession” in 2020.

Addressing the Development Committee Meeting during the annual Spring Meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, a severe economic impact in the first half of 2020 was inevitable and the pandemic encounters weak public health systems. “The global coronavirus outbreak is a crisis that is like no other and poses daunting challenges for policymakers in many emerging market and developing economies (EMDEs), especially where the pandemic encounters weak public health systems, capacity constraints, and limited policy space to mitigate the outbreak’s repercussions,” Georgieva said.

She said the medium termed projections were clouded by uncertainties. “Medium-term projections are clouded by uncertainty regarding the pandemic’s magnitude and speed of propagation, as well as the longer-term impact of measures to contain the outbreak, such as travel bans and social distancing,” she said.

However, most EMDEs are already suffering from disruptions to global value chains, lower foreign direct investment, capital outflows, tighter financing conditions, lower tourism and remittances receipts, and price pressures for some critical imports such as foods and medicines, she said. “The world economy was in a sluggish recovery before the coronavirus outbreak. and is now bound to suffer a severe recession in 2020,” Georgieva added.

According to Johns Hopkins University data, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases surpassed two million globally and 144,000 people have died so far. The US is the worst hit with more than 700,000 COVID-19 cases and 35,000 deaths. Rising malnutrition is expected as 368.5 million children across 143 countries who normally rely on school meals for a reliable source of daily nutrition must now look to other sources, the IMF official said.

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4478 M High Matterhorn Mountain In Swiss Alps Lights Up With Indian Flag In Show Of Solidarity On Covid-19.

Switzerland has expressed solidarity with India in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic by projecting the tricolour on the famous Matterhorn mountain in the Swiss Alps to give “hope and strength” to all Indians. Swiss light artist Gerry Hofstetter has been lighting up the 4,478-meter pyramidal peak straddling between Switzerland and Italy with spectacular displays of flags of different countries and messages of hope as part of a nightly series supporting the nations combating the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

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International Day For Monuments And Sites (World Heritage Day) Celebrated On April 18; Theme: ‘Shared Cultures, Shared Heritage, Shared Responsibility’.

The theme for ‘Shared Cultures, Shared Heritage, Shared Responsibility‘, reflects the global context of heritage as part of cultural identity at a time of rapid population shift, conflict, and environmental uncertainty.

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Spanish Language Chilean Author Luis Sepulveda Dies Aged 70 In Spain Due To COVID-19.

 Best-selling Chilean writer Luis Sepúlveda has died of Covid-19 in Spain at the age of 70. He spent six weeks in hospital in Oviedo after developing symptoms following a trip to a literary festival in Portugal. Sepúlveda became internationally known after the publication of his novel The Old Man Who Read Love Stories in 1988.

A socialist, he was imprisoned in Chile under the military rule of Gen Augusto Pinochet before going into exile. He was one of the many left-wing writers, activists and intellectuals targeted by the right-wing general who overthrew socialist President Salvador Allende in 1973. Sepúlveda was jailed in 1973 for treason and spent two-and-a-half years in prison, a period he later wrote about in Madness of Pinochet and other articles.

He was freed as a result of pressure from rights group Amnesty International and lived in hiding in Chile for a year before being arrested again and sent into exile. His award-winning The Old Man Who Read Love Stories is based on the time he spent living with the indigenous Shuar people in the Ecuadorean Amazon. It deals with the encroachment of developers, hunters and gold prospectors on the rainforest.

The novel was turned into a film of the same name starring Richard Dreyfuss. Sepúlveda also directed films and wrote screenplays and children’s books. Many of his readers have taken to social media to say how he inspired them through works such as The Story of A Seagull and The Cat Who Taught Her To Fly.

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COVID-19 Pandemic: BCCI Creates ‘Team Mask Force’ Video To Promote Wearing Masks In Public Places.

Featuring India’s most revered cricketers, the BCCI on Saturday uploaded a video to promote wearing masks in public places and help in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, an initiative that has been hailed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The ‘Team Mask Force’ has been created to spread awareness about wearing masks in public places. Hailing the move, the PM tweeted, “Among the most important tasks today — be a part of #TeamMaskForce. Small but essential precautions can keep us all safe. Important to spread awareness about it.”

The ‘Team Mask Force’ video has messages from Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Smriti Mandhana, Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Harmanpreet Kaur, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid and Mithali Raj, all of them speaking about the importance of wearing masks and following the directives of the government in this fight.

“Being a part of India team is a matter of great pride. But today we are going to create a bigger team, Team Mask Force,” Indian captain Kohli said in the video. Doing his bit, Tendulkar said, “Come on India, make masks and become part of mask force. And remember to wash hands for 20 seconds and maintain social distancing.”

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