Corona Virus Current Affairs - 2020

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Corona Virus: ICMR develops testing strategy; WHO shifts epicenter from China to Europe

On March 15, 2020, the Indian Council of Medical Research developed COVID-19 testing strategy for people infected with the virus. The Council has given a detailed explanation about the methodology to test the people.

Centres of Testing

The three main testing centres of Corona Virus are AIIMS, National Institute of Virology and National Centre for Disease control. Apart from these major centres, GoI has also built 50 new exclusive centres that are to test for the virus.

Epicenter shifted to Europe

The World Health Organization recently shifted the epicenter of Corona Virus from China to Europe. This is mainly because while rate of infections are being controlled in China, it is increasing exponentially in European Nations. Also, the number of deaths due to the virus in Europe is more than any other part of the world.

Update on the Virus

So far, more than 150,000 people have been infected with the virus. In India, the count has increased to 97.

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Corona Virus: GoI brings hand sanitizers and masks under Essential Commodities Act

The Government of India recently brought hand sanitizers and masks under Essential Commodities Act. Till 30th June, 2020, these products are to remain under Essential Commodities Act. The GoI has brought these commodities under the act by amending Schedule of Essential Commodities Act, 1955.

Essential Commodities Act

According to the act, an essential commodity is a commodity that is specified under the Schedule of the act. The act empowers GoI to add or remove new commodities as when needed. So far items such as pulses, cereals, drugs, fertilizers, petroleum, edible oil, certain crops and petroleum products were included under essential commodities schedule. The act also prevents stocking of essential commodities. The State Governments have no rights add commodities to the list. However, they are empowered to conduct raids.

Significance

When the products are listed as essential products, their prices and supply shall be intervened by the government. By doing so, profiteering of the products during their high demand is prevented.

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