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Water crisis hits Delhi

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Manasa Maddila & Ashwanth Vidhya, Mumbai Uncensored, 24th June 2021.

 Every drop counts in the national capital. As Delhi gradually emerges from a severe wave of COVID-19 infection, a water crisis has hit some areas. Pictures of residents crowding around the tanker without social distancing and some not wearing masks went viral. The lack of water can also become detrimental in the fight against COVID, as it can lead to hygiene issues and could lead for one to get affected with the virus and other diseases.

              Lieutenant governor Anil Baikal has been examining the current water shortage in the capital. Concerned about the scarcity of water in New Delhi mainly in Jhuggi colonies, he has communicated to the CMs of the neighbouring states—Uttar Pradesh and Haryana and has asked for reports from the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) and New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC).

               One side of water shortage is leakage, wastage and its unequal distribution among the populace. Recently we heard about the detection of water leakage in the Northwest metro pillar, Pitampura. The water was flooding the service road and was going into the drain. The other reason fuelling the shortage is the rapid growth of algae in Yamuna River.

             The DJB’s water supply has reduced by 60-65 million gallons a day due to severe shortage of raw water from Haryana. According to official figures, water supply in the National Capital has fallen short by at least 200 MGD. Hindu Rao Hospital, Kamla Nagar, Shakti Nagar, Karol Bagh, Pahar Ganj and some parts of South Delhi are probable areas of water emergency. 

             In its move to prevent such incidents, the DJB promoted rainwater harvesting and stated, “Humanity is facing water scarcity since there has been a lack of water to meet the standard of water demand. Hence, join the drive and strive for rainwater harvesting”.

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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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