Corona Virus Current Affairs - 2020

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Corona Virus: NASA reports Pollution Levels in China have dropped greatly

On March 2, 2020, NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) reported that Nitrous Oxide pollution in China has declined greatly between January and February 2020.  According to the report, nitrous oxide pollution has declined by more than 100 tonnes of carbon-dioxide.

Highlights

The report says that every year, after New Year Celebrations, air pollution in china peaks to its highest. However, this year, due to economic slowdown caused by the fear of virus, the pollution was at its minimal. This was mainly because of closure of several businesses and factories all over China.

Current Scenario

The World Health Organization has said that COVID-19 can be contained. This is because out of 80 countries that have been infected with the virus, 38 of them have less than 10 cases.

Controversy

Though WHO is optimistic, the Health Agencies believe that the countries have to assess their preparedness in fighting the disease. They say that 30% of those hospitalized with COVID-19 infections require critical care. In such scenario, apart from financial support, the countries should also possess skilled hands that are capable of operating the critical care equipment.

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Corona Virus: World Bank announces 12 billion USD aid

On March 3, 2020, the World Bank announced 12 billion USD to assist countries that are grappling with economic impacts of corona virus. The virus has reached 60 countries so far.

Highlights

The World bank is to provide the financial aid for the countries to act upon the needs and develop a fast response towards the spread of the virus. The financing is only to member countries whose economy is at stake due to the virus. Also, priority is to be given to those countries that are the poorest and are at highest risks.

Current Global Risk

The World Health organization in its recent report of Corona Virus Disease situation report says that so far the virus has killed 37 people outside China. Overall, 166 have died so far all over the world. Today, the number of COVID-19 cases is 10,566.

Scenario in India

India has so far relatively stayed safe in spite of China being a neighbor. So far 5 cases have been reported in India. The virus had badly affected the manufacturing sector of the country namely electronics, medicines, chemicals and textiles.

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