Corona Virus Current Affairs - 2020

Corona Virus: National Emergency in the USA

The President of United States of America Donald Trump has declared national emergency over the spread of corona virus. Also, the government has allocated 50 billion USD to fight against the disease.

History

This kind of emergency in the country is rare. Earlier, the same kind of emergency was declared by President Bill Clinton over widespread of West Nile Virus.

National Emergencies Act

The Emergencies in the US are declared under National Emergencies Act. So far, 61 national emergencies have been declared in the country. There are 136 statutory situations under which emergencies shall be declared in the US sub-continent.

Emergency in India

In India Emergency shall be proclaimed under Article 352. Also, it shall be proclaimed only when the president is satisfied. The article allows emergency only when there is security threat to the country or to a region.

The President shall proclaim emergency only when the union cabinet under the Prime Minister advises him to do so.

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.