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COVID-19: World Bank offers 1 billion USD for India’ Emergency Response Project

On April 1, 2020, the World Bank announced that it is to offer 1 billion USD to Government of India to implement Covid-19 Emergency Response and Health Systems preparedness project.

About the Project

The project is being launched by India in order to mitigate the threats created by the virus. It will strengthen the national system and keep up public health preparedness in the country.

The project is to run for 4 years. The funding of the project is to come from the World Bank’s COVID-19 Fast Track facility.

Key Features of the Project

The project is to measure progress of key indicators of containment of COVID-19 cases. This includes proportion of laboratory confirmed cases, responses to collected samples within time frame of 48 hours, conducting tests within WHO stipulated standard time to determine COVID-19, etc.

The Project document says that GoI has assessed that the outbreak of the virus is to continue in the coming years. Therefore, it is necessary to work on a long-term strategy to tackle the next wave of the disease.

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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.


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.

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