Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan chaired meeting with Department of Science and Technology, and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research on COVID-19 appropriate behaviour, through video conferencing.
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.
New research from Cornell University developed potential roadmaps for how the coronavirus infects organs and identifies what molecular factors could help facilitate or restrict infection. "The data suggest that it's not just a respiratory disease," said lead author Cedric Feschotte, a molecular biology professor. "It's much broader than that and has the potential to affect many other organs. Our analyses suggest that there is a wide range of cellular vulnerabilities." The study maps the expression of 28 human genes dubbed 'SCARFs' - SARS-Cov-2 and Coronavirus-Associated Receptors and Factors. By looking at the single-cell RNA expression of these genes, they can predict which tissues and cell types are most vulnerable to coronavirus infection - in both adults and embryos. The team analyzed the RNA expression of healthy human tissues to develop a comprehensive profile of the molecular factors that both facilitate and restrict SARS-CoV2 infection. Without the immune system's ability to respond quickly, Feschotte said, naturally occurring restriction factors already present in the tissues represent the body's main line of defense against SARS-CoV-2. Mapping the different entry points for the virus also is essential for trying to predict where the virus will go after it enters the body. Moreover, by pinpointing the molecular routes of infection, other researchers can use those areas as targets for developing drugs to overcome the infection. The study indicates alternate entry paths for how the virus could enter the lungs, central nervous system, and heart. Their research also supports emerging clinical data that shows SARS-CoV-2 also infect the intestines, kidney, and placenta. They noted that specific groups of cells within the prostate and testes are likely to be permissive for SARS-CoV-2 and may help explain male-specific vulnerabilities. As part of this project, the team also developed an open-access, user-friendly web interface where anyone can look up the single-cell RNA expressions of SCARFs. This will facilitate easy access to data that will help scientists around the world.
From the Union government lifting restrictions on the export of N-95/FFP2 face masks, to India ranking fourth in a survey of public perception regarding response to the pandemic - here are the top news updates on the Covid-19 outbreak. The central government released guidelines for gatherings as festival season approaches. The standard operating procedure involves mandatory use of masks, social distancing and CCTVs at event sites to monitor compliance. Event premises are also expected to have isolation rooms in case an infected person is found. The Drugs Controller General of India has asked Dr Reddy's Laboratories to file a revised protocol to conduct Phase 2 and 3 clinical trials of Russian vaccine Sputnik V in the country. Meanwhile, the International Monetary Fund said that the economic downturn caused by the pandemic was not as bad as originally feared, thanks to government spending measures. Watch the full video for the other updates regarding the spread of the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus.
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In a bid to boost business amid the COVID-19, sweet shop owners in Ahmedabad have introduced immunity booster food items as Diwali approaches. The reason behind the move of shop owners is the growing demand for healthy delicacies, and to match it up the festive season, immunity booster sweets are being preferred over the traditional sweets. Moreover, this also helps in the business of shop owners amid the slowdown due to COVID-19. One of the customers, while purchasing sweets, said she has opted for sweets made of dry fruits keeping in mind the health of her family amid the pandemic.
Jammu and Kashmir government organised Handloom and Handicrafts Exhibition at Numaish Gah in Srinagar. It was organised in order to provide direct marketing support to artisans and weavers who have been distressed due to COVID-19 pandemic. This is the very first such event held after COVID-19 lockdown imposed in the region. Local handmade items like Pashmina and Kani Shawls, Silk Carpets, etc were exhibited. COVID precautionary measures were also followed during the event.
A picture made a drastic change in the life of Revanna Siddappa, a 79-year-old elderly man used to sell medicinal saplings on road side. Siddappa's story remind about 'baba ka dhaba', a Delhi-based elderly used to sell roadside food, whose shop got famous after a video. Similar to 'baba ka dhaba' story, Revanna Siddappa's picture got viral on social media in which he was selling plant saplings sitting on roadside. After watching his picture on social media, locals have provided him with the table, chair and an umbrella. The 79-year-old man sells medicinal plant saplings at Kanakapura road for the past three years.
Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia met victim's family members of Adarsh Nagar Murder case of Delhi on October 28. Sisodia consoled them over their loss. Deputy Sisodia said, "This is a very cruel incident. I met victim's family and they are in grief and totally shocked. 2 are arrested while two are still out. Government will assure strict action against them. " In Adarsh Nagar incident, 4 men killed a man while injured his two brothers after quarrel broke between them.
Delhi reported 5,673 fresh positive cases and 40 deaths on Oct 28. The total case tally stands at 3,70,014 including 29,378 active cases and 6,396 deaths. However 3,34,240 cases have been recovered so far.
REUTERS/Joshua Roberts Costco is selling COVID-19 tests that you can take in the comfort of your own home. The test uses saliva samples, which buyers mail to a testing center, receiving results in 24..