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News in Short - 15-April-2020

Government suspends all passenger flights and trains until May 3

Date: 15 April 2020 Tags: Disaster & Disaster Management
  • The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) announced that all domestic and international flights will remain suspended till May 3. 
  • The Indian Railways also suspended all passenger trains till May 3 after the prime minister’s address. The railways said no advance booking of train tickets will be allowed till further notice.
  • The government said, after April 20, there will be graded relaxations in areas based on the epidemiological assessment – incidence of the outbreak and the intensity.

Jharkhand to use collaborative robots in COVID-19 isolation facility

Date: 15 April 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Jharkhand government is going to experiment with Co-Bot (collaborative robot) to check for infection in an isolation facility dedicated for COVID-19 patients. It is expected to cut down human interference in patient care.
  • The hospital where the first Co-Bot would be deployed is Chakradharpur Railway Hospital, where a isolation facility will be inaugurated.
  • In the isolation facility, the Co-Bot would transfer both medicines and food from one bed to another, without needing health workers to attend to COVID-19 patients.

Students develop portable mini-ventilator

Date: 15 April 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Engineering students in Kerala have developed mini-ventilator models that could serve as portable breathing assistants to support patients with respiratory problems.
  • Teams from 34 colleges participated in a competition organised by the University COVID-19 Cell to design low-cost and easy-to-use ventilators that could serve COVID-19 patients in during exigencies.
  • The institutions have been directed to install the respiratory support models in the COVID-19 hospitals in the respective districts after obtaining permission from the District Medical Officers.

Navy develops air evacuation pods

Date: 15 April 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Naval Aircraft Yard (Kochi) under the Southern Naval Command has indigenously designed and fabricated an Air Evacuation Pod (AEP) for safe evacuation of COVID-19 patients from ships and islands in a fully sealed patient transfer capsule so as to avoid the risk of infection to pilots and evacuation team.
  • The pod was designed under the guidance of the principal medical officer of Naval Air Station Garuda in consultation with specialists from naval hospital Sanjivani and the command headquarters.
  • It is made of aluminium, rubber and perspex. Trials were undertaken on April 8 on board an Advanced Light Helicopter and Dornier aircraft.

Transmission of Coronavirus from mother to child

Date: 15 April 2020 Tags: Reports & Indices
  • The Indian Council of Medical Research said emerging research suggests that transmission of the coronavirus from mother to child before birth, or at the time of delivery is possible.
  • The medical body said no cases of breast milk testing positive for the coronavirus have been recorded at present. There is also no data that suggests a correlation between miscarriage or early pregnancy loss and Covid-19.
  • The medical body clarified that pregnant women do no appear to be more vulnerable to the Covid-19 infection than the general population. However, pregnancy itself alters the body’s immune system and its response to viral infections in general.