Union Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Minister Prakash Javadekar released a compendium 'Building Self Reliant, Resurgent, Resilient India' on public sector enterprises contribution amidst the ongoing pandemic on September 30 in Delhi. Union Minister of State of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Arjun Ram Meghwal was also present at the event.
With a spike of 80,472 new cases, India's COVID-19 tally has crossed 62-lakh mark on September 30. Total case tally now stands at 62,25,764 including 9,40,441 active cases, 51,87,826 cured/discharged/migrated. The total number of deaths from the disease in the country mounts at 97,497. According to Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), A total of 7,41,96,729 samples tested for COVID, up to 29th September. Of these, 10,86,688 samples were tested yesterday.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan released a booklet on 'Covid-19 - Safe Workplace Guidelines for Industry'. The Union Health Minister launched the booklet through virtual platform. Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Labour and Employment Santosh Kumar Gangwar was also present at the event. These guidelines consolidate all important measures into a ready reckoner of action points to make the workplace safe based on the bulwark of infection control measures like respiratory hygiene, frequent hand washing, social distancing and frequent sanitization of the workplace. "In all parameters of Covid-19, India is faring better than many developed countries. Rise in recovery rate has proven the success of Covid containment strategy. This is a result of the combined efforts of all organisations and citizens," Harsh Vardhan said. He also lauded ESIC hospitals which are playing an important role in providing services to the Covid patients. "ESIC hospitals playing important role in providing services to Covid patients," he said.
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While addressing at the 79th Foundation Day of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in the national capital on September 26, Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan spoke on COVID-19 pandemic. He said, "Now we have 110 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) manufacturers in India, producing over 5 lakh per day." "States who used to cry about not getting adequate number of PPEs, now say they don't have place to keep them when we talk about sending PPEs," Health and Family Welfare Minister added.
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research on September 20 informed that Drugs Controller General of India has approved CSIR's paper-based testing kit called Feluda for COVID-19. CSIR, Director General S Mande said, "Our Delhi CSIR lab's been working on studying CRISPR-Cas immunity. They have experience of working in this particular area before COVID-19 and could repurpose the thing for COVID and developed a paper-based testing kit called Feluda and got formal approval from DCGA. Mande further explained the functioning of the paper based test. "It's different as RTPCR detects RNA and amplifies it using a polymerase chain reaction that is costly. This paper-based test also detects RNA but by a CRISPR guided system. The paper lights up if there is any virus RNA to show a sample is positive, in 45 minutes," he added.