Corona Virus Current Affairs - 2020

ICMR issues new guidelines to test Corona Virus in India

On March 20, 2020, the Indian Council of Medical Research issued new guidelines to test COVID-19.

Highlights

The ICMR has so far been conducting tests only on symptomatic patients (persons with symptoms of Corona Virus). However, the Council has now intensified random sampling. This includes people exhibiting flu like symptoms. Such a step has been adopted mainly to check if community transmission is happening.

Also, India is all set ready to go for “Janta Curfew” on March 22, 2020 where people will voluntarily stay inside homes.

Inclusions in the new testing

The Symptomatic patients in the new guidelines include all the hospitalized patients. It also includes symptomatic health care workers. High risk contacts of the infected persons are to be tested once in 5 days.

The new measure has come as India saw a sudden increase of 63 new cases on March 20, 2020. India is taking several measures to contain the virus. The Indian Navy has come to the rescue as well.

Quarantine Camp by Indian Navy

The Indian Navy has set up a quarantine camp in Vishakhapatnam. The camp has the potential to accommodate 200 patients.

Ministry of Health: Complaints to ICMR on misuse of Stem Cell therapy

On March 20, 2020, the Ministry of Heath informed Lok Sabha that ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) has received several complaints on misuse of stem cell therapy.

Highlights

The National Apex Committee operating under the ministry is evaluating the complaints. The committee is to recommend actions against these complaints. The National Apex Committee for Stem Cell Research and Therapy examines technical, scientific, legal and social issues related to Stem Cell Research and therapy in Inia

What is the issue?

According to the National Guidelines for Stem Cell Research, there are no approved stem cell therapy other than Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT). However, evidences have been submitted to ICMR that there are other advanced Stem Cell therapies being conducted in India though GoI is yet to bring upon approval for such technologies and therapies.

ICMR

The ICMR is the apex body for the formulation, promotion and coordination of biomedical research in the country. Currently, ICMR is the nodal agency that is looking after the control of Corona Virus and the guidelines to test the virus