Diseases Current Affairs - 2020

Corona Virus: SAARC Video Conference; India proposes COVID-19 Emergency Funds

On March 15, 2020, SAARC leaders participated in a video conference to frame a strategy in order to fight Corona Virus. PM Modi attended the video conference on behalf on India. Proposals of the members India proposed creation of Covid-19 Emergency Fund. Also, India is to set up disease surveillance portal in order to trace Read More…

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 Read More…

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Spanish Flu: Predecessor Pandemic to Corona Virus

In 1918, the Spanish Flu caused global pandemic. It spread indiscriminately killing more than 50 million people. 10% of the patients infected with the virus died. It is considered as the deadliest pandemic in the world history. Highlights Though the disease was named Spanish Flu, it did not originate in Spain. It was Spain who Read More…

Corona Virus: Epidemic Disease Act Invoked in India

On March 11, 2020, the Group of Ministers formed by the Union Government to fight against Covid-19 in India invoked the Epidemic Disease Act, 1897. Highlights The GoI has invoked Section 2 of the Epidemic Disease Act, 1897. The act has been invoked as the number of infected persons in the country reached 73. The Read More…

India shares two SARS-CoV-2 Genome Sequences with Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data

On March 7, 2020, India officially shared two SARS-CoV-2 with the Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data (GISAID). Highlights The Pune based National Institute of Virology has shared two sequences of novel corona virus with Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data. It is important to study the genome sequences of the virus as Read More…

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