While infection from touching surfaces of boxes or bubble wraps couriered by an infected logistics centre worker would be concerning, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said transmission in this manner was unlikely.But health authorities and infectious disease experts have not ruled out the possibility of infection if a person touches their eyes, nose or mouth after contact with a contaminated package.
With coronavirus spreading across the globe, hospitals everywhere have been overwhelmed by the sheer amount of people coming in, and with COVID-19 proving fatal in many cases, healthcare workers have been swamped trying to save lives.
“The initial gains make me optimistic,” Modi said referring to Make-in-India initiatives in the healthcare sector in his address to the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS), virtually inaugurating its silver-jubilee celebrations from Delhi.
CK Mishra, chairman of the empowered group on hospital availability, disease surveillance, testing and critical care, said India’s Covid-19 count will plateau with people’s effort to cut down transmission.
The number of new Covid-19 cases is still rising though rate of recovery has improved to 47 per cent, from 42 per cent a week ago. Leading virologists and epidemiologists say lockdown fatigue is setting in, and that is why the new solution to deal with the crisis should be sustainable.
The US is the largest donor to the WHO with a contribution of $400 million in 2018-19. WHO India’s country budget was reported to be a little above $100 million. An official aware of the development of WHO India office said there would be a short-term impact on the finances of the country office.
In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the Indian government has insisted that there is no community spread. But epidemiologists, public health practitioners and experts in preventive and social medicine have issued a joint statement that “community transmission is already well-established across large sections or sub-populations in the country”.
Addressing an event at the Rajiv Gandhi Health University in Bengaluru via video conference, he sought a discussion on whether new models can be conceived that make telemedicine popular on a larger scale.
Corporate and government offices, which are resuming operations after the two-month lockdown, have been advised by various state-level Pollution Control Boards to take the help of bio-medical waste handlers to dispose-off “disinfectant consumables” and anti-Covid safety gears used by their employees while on duty. This may add to the workload of medi-waste handlers.
India currently has over 1,82,00 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 5,164 deaths, according to the Union Health Ministry. According to the World Health Organisation's COVD-19 tracker, India is the seventh-most affected nation in terms of coronavirus cases after the US, Brazil, Russia, UK, Spain and Italy.
As healthcare workers deputed in the treatment of coronavirus patients are at the higher risk of contracting virus, a pivotal study done by India's apex medical research body has revealed a significant reduction (>80 per cent) in the odds of COVID19 infection in the HCWs was identified with the intake of six or more doses of HCQ prophylaxis.
A governmental panel dealing with Covid-19 testing and surveillance has asked the health ministry to enhance testing capacity and get state governments to ease the process of registering phlebotomists.