lock down Current Affairs - 2020

ARCI develop Ultra Violet based disinfection cabinet

The Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy along with the Mekins Industries have developed UVC based Cabinet to disinfect COVID-19 patients.

About the Cabinet

The Cabinet can be used to disinfect items used in commercial establishments and also in day to day life.

Need

During the early times of COVID-19, India was able to control the spread of the virus successfully. However, with the lock down being relaxed in phases, there are possibilities of slow spread of the disease. This might happen through surface contamination. In order to contain the spread, it is essential to widen the use of disinfection cabinets as the one created by ARCI.

Working

The Cabinet used Ultra Violet C radiation to disinfect the virus. The wavelength of UVC is 254 nm. When the UVC is absorbed by RNA of COVID-19, it leads to molecular structural damage to the virus. This is achieved through photodimerization process.

Unlock 1.0; Lock Down 5.0 begins in India

India is now seventh worst hit country in the world with more than 1,82,143 cases of COVID-19. In the battle against the virus, India enters into fifth lock down or first unlock on June 1, 2020. This is to remain in order till June 30, 2020.

Highlights

The Ministry of Home Affairs has provided the guidelines for unlock 1.0. Under the guidelines, the Centre has extended lock down to all the containment zones. In rest of the zones, almost all the social facilities are to be open.

Containment Zones

In the zones declared to be contained, there will be strict perimeter control. No movement of people in and out of the containment zones are to be allowed. The containment zones will only have entry of essential goods and medical supply. Intensive contact tracing, house-to-house surveillance and clinical interventions are to be introduced.

The States have been permitted to identify containment zones.

Prohibitions of Lock Down 5

The metro rail services are to remain closed throughout the country during lock down 5.0. The night curfew, that is, prohibition of movement of people between 9 AM and 5 PM throughout the nation is to be implemented. People above the age of 65 and below the age of 10 have been advised to stay inside homes.

Unlock Phase II

After the period of unlock phase I, that ends on June 30, 2020, the GoI has planned to implement Unlock phase II. During this phase, coaching centres, colleges, schools and educational institutions are to be opened.

Unlock Phase III

During Unlock Phase III, swimming pools, metro rail, entertainment parks, cinema halls and gyms are to be opened.