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Government calls for self-reporting by attendees of the Tablighi Jamaat event

More than 200 people out of the 4,000 people who had attended the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi have tested positive for COVID-19. The government has asked the attendees to self-report to contain the sudden spike in cases. About Tablighi Jamaat The Tablighi Jamaat is a proselytising movement that literally means ‘a society for spreading ..

Release of prisoners to prevent spread of COVID-19 in prisons

Various prisons across India are set to release nearly 34,000 prisoners after the Supreme Court’s suggestion in March. This measure is being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Challenges This step is being taken in many countries across the world. Recently, Indonesia released 30,000 prisoners. In March, a WHO guidelines document listed the following ..

Sodium hypochlorite solution sprayed on migrants

The spraying of sodium hypochlorite solution on migrant workers in Bareily in Uttar Pradesh, to control the spread of COVID-19, has sparked criticism. Sodium Hypochlorite Sodium hypochlorite is a commonly used bleaching agent that is used for cleaning and disinfection. It is noted for its use in swimming pools. It is used in certain hand-wash ..

States use technology to help with quarantining process

Several states have developed mobile apps to help with enforcing the quarantine in light of increasing violation of the rules by the public. Karnataka’s Corona Watch App The Karnataka government has developed a Corona Watch app. It has options for use by the general public and some other options for exclusive use by the officials. ..

Mobile hand-wash facilities for slum dwellers in Andhra Pradesh

The Andhra Pradesh government has set up mobile hand-wash facilities for the slum dwellers in the state to promote basic hygiene in light of the spread of COVID-19. About the Initiative The Andhra Pradesh government has set up mobile hand wash facilities for slum dwellers to address the issue of access to sanitation in times ..

Tests for Detecting Coronavirus

As the COVID-19 pandemic is progressing, countries around the world are racing to develop an accurate ad inexpensive test for detecting the virus. Types of Tests The SARS CoV 2 is only 50 to 200 nanometres wide and hence cannot be detected using microscopes or other traditional tools. The Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics, an ..

‘Break the Chain’ Campaign

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the government of Kerala has launched the ‘Break the Chain’ campaign to promote hand washing and hygiene. About the Campaign The campaign was launched by the state’s Health Department. It seeks to create awareness about the importance of public and personal hygiene. It has set up hand washing ..

MPLADS Funds for COVID-19

The Union Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation (MoSPI) issued a circular allowing the utilisation of the MPLADS funds for tackling the COVID-19 outbreak in the country. MPLADS MPLADS or Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme is a central government scheme launched in 1993. The scheme provides funds for local development, recommended by members ..