data Current Affairs - 2020

GOI launches three AYUSH based Researches

On May 6, 2020, the Ministry of AYUSH launched three studies related to COVID-19. The researches will help in studying impacts of AYUSH based prophylactic interventions in preventing COVID-19. (Prophylactic means intended to prevent diseases).

Task Force

The interdisciplinary AYUSH R&D Task Force has framed a protocol for prophylactic studies. The task force consists of experts from CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research), Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of AYUSH, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Highlights of the studies

The studies are to be launched in the following

  • Ayurvedic Interventions.
    • The research will study Ashwagandha and its prophylaxes against COVID-19. It will compare Aswagandha with Hydroxychloroquine.
  • Population based research.
    • The research will find solutions to improve quality of life of the people in high risk areas. This research is to be carried out through four research councils that will be set up under Ministry of AYUSH. The National Institutes spread all over the states will help in making the assessment.
  • Sanjivani application.
    • The Sanjivani Application developed by Ministry of AYUSH will help generating data from around 5 million people. The data will help in learning the acceptance of the people in using AYUSH as a cure to COVID-19

WHO: Other Countries will follow China in revising their death toll

On April 18, 2020, the World Health Organization announced that many countries are to follow China in updating their death tolls due to COVID-19. This will happen after they bring the spread of the virus under control.


The major epicenter of COVID-19, Wuhan, recently raised its death toll due to COVID-19 by 50%. According to WHO, the health officials of Wuhan covered up the outbreak. However, the numbers have now been updated after several doctors raised alarms online.

With this, WHO has urged other nations to collect precise data.

What is the issue?

Recently after containing the spread of the virus, Wuhan city added 1,290 death tolls. This increased the number of tolls to 3,869. With this the overall infections in the city became 50,333.

This happened because, some patients died at home. The staffs were busy attending patients and delayed the paper works related to deaths due to the virus. The infections mainly originated in the wet markets of the city. This included fish, meat, etc.