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Failure to construct any community toilets in 2020: BMC

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Nicole Ryall & Ashwanth Vidhya, Mumbai Uncensored, 24th June 2021:

A report by the Praja Foundation details that the 2019 target of building 22,774 toilets valued at Rs.422 crores has not been accomplished. Only 20% of the civic body approved project has been completed in two years. The number of community and public toilets recorded in 2021 is the same as last year, according to the report. 

According to Milind Mhaske, Director at the Praja Foundation, the unprecedented circumstances of the previous year caused the BMC to keep the work aside but the toilets account for long-term basic needs of livelihood that impact the health and safety levels in society. Therefore, the project must be prioritized.

Civic officials blame the delay of construction of the toilets in Mumbai on the COVID-19 lockdowns. On the other hand, activist Supriya Sonar, from the Right to Pee campaign, has said, “We understand and communicate with people that it is an unusual condition. They have started the work after seven months but it is going at a snail’s pace and will take decades to complete.” 

Census data reveals that there is currently one toilet seat for 42 men and 34 women illustrating the daily difficulties in the lives of the people. Kiran Dighavkar, Assistant Municipal Commissioner and Nodal Officer for the Swachh Bharat Mission stated that the work stopped completely during the months of April-October 2020 during the first wave but resumed soon after the removal of restrictions, but many blocks are yet to be completed.

According to Ruben Mascarenhas, Working President of the Aam Aadmi Party Mumbai, The BMC puts more effort into its Public Relations (PR) rather than actual work, by exaggerating the efficiency of the “Mumbai Model” and blame the pandemic for them not doing enough on improving hygiene in the city by building more toilets. He pointed out the dehumanizing situation of a slum near Prem Nagar (Andheri West) which only has 18 ill maintained toilet blocks to cater to the needs of over at least three thousand people. “The BMC needs to get its act together and its basics right and stop touting the Mumbai Model which is nothing but a stroke of luck”, he said.

“The BMC has failed in building community toilets, while the people need more clean and hygienic toilets. Their failure can be attributed to the situation prevalent in the city due to the pandemic” said Aditya Sarfare, Producer turned Social Worker.

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Tamil Nadu becomes the 1st state to have its own genome sequencing lab.

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Manasa Maddila, Mumbai Uncensored, 6th January 2021:

The whole-genome sequencing (WGS) laboratory of the State Public Health Laboratory (SPHL) has joined the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG).

Health Minister Ma. Subramanian said there could have been no other State in India that has set up a genome sequencing lab all alone.

In spite of the State having its own genome sequencing lab that was set up at an expense of 4 crores, and initiated on September 14, it was sending tests to labs in Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and Pune that are important for INSACOG for affirming the sequencing of the Omicron variation.

The Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) has perceived Tamil Nadu’s State Public Health Laboratory to direct entire genome sequencing, which implies the state will don’t really need to send tests to labs in Pune, Bengaluru, or Hyderabad to affirm variations, like Delta and Omicron.

Ma Subramanian remarked, “The state’s public health lab at the Directorate of Medical and Rural Health Services, which is overseen by CM MK Stalin, has set up equipment worth Rs 4 crore for this purpose”.

A senior authority of the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine said that around 150 samples can be tried at the same time at the lab and requires no less than five days to get the outcome.

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Delhi And Mumbai See Spike In Covid Cases; Yellow Alert Issued in national capital

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Aditya Dwivedi, Mumbai Uncensored, 29th December 2021:

The highest COVID-19 cases recorded in the last 6 months have shocked the nation and the authorities. India’s overall tally of COVID-19 cases saw a tremendous increase by 44% from Tuesday with 9,195 cases.

Delhi tops the list with 238 fresh cases of the highly transmissible Covid-19 variant Omicron and the positivity rate rose to 0.89 on December 29th. As a result, a Yellow Alert has been issued in Delhi for the prevention of the further spread of the virus in the region. 

During the briefing, CM Kejriwal said, “As the COVID-19 positivity rate has been above 0.5 percent for the past few days, we are enforcing Level-I (Yellow alert) of the Graded Response Action Plan. 

He added “In the past few days, the number of cases in the capital city and the country is rising. One needs to not worry but exercise caution. Our government is well prepared. The cases reported are mild. Everyone needs to make sure to wear masks and ensure proper social distancing”

Schools, colleges, theatres, entertainment parks, spas, and gyms have been closed till further orders. Public transports, restaurants (can only operate between 8 am-10 pm) are advised to function with 50% of the total capacity while taking proper measures to avoid the spread of the virus. 

The timing of the night curfew has also been changed from ’11 pm-5 am’ to ’10 pm-5 am’. 

A complete halt on social, political, religious, and entertainment gatherings has been imposed by the government.

Gathering in weddings and funerals has been limited to only 20 people while the banquet halls are not allowed to host weddings or any function and remain shut till further orders. Grade-1 officers in the Delhi Government offices will be required to be present with 100% capacity. Meanwhile, the private firms are advised to call 50% of the staff between 9 am-5 pm.

Mumbai sees a sudden surge in covid 19 cases with 1,333 cases on Tuesday, the highest since last 7 months. Government officials expressed their concerns over the issue and gave an indication of imposing stricter restrictions if the cases continue to rise.

Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Aaditya Thackeray stated, “Last week we were reporting 150 cases per day, now we are reporting around 2000 cases per day. Mumbai may cross 2000 per day cases today”

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China enrolls 1st human fatality due to Monkey B infection

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Manasa Maddila, Mumbai Uncensored, 27th July 2021:

A Beijing-based vet, who was declared as China’s first human contamination case with Monkey B Virus (BV), has kicked the bucket from the infection. However, his nearby contacts are protected from it, for the present, Global Times announced. 

The 53-year-old male worked for an organisation exploring non-human primates. He started showing side effects of queasiness and heaving, a month after he examined two dead monkeys in the beginning of March. The vet looked for treatments in several hospitals, but eventually died on May 27.  Reports conducted by the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, said that there were no deadly or even clinically obvious BV contaminations in China earlier. Experts had gathered the cerebrospinal liquid of the veterinarian in April and distinguished him as positive for BV, yet tests of his nearby contacts came out negative.

The virus first broke out in 1932, is an alphaherpesvirus enzootic in macaques of the genus Macaca. It very well may be sent through direct contact and trade of real discharges; it also has a casualty pace of 70-80 percent.  Studies suggested that BV in monkeys may represent a possible danger to Laboratory workers and veterinarians since they are exposed to monkeys occasionally; it is important to wipe out BV during the advancement of explicit microorganism free rhesus settlements and to fortify observation in research centers that work with macaques in China.

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