NCDC begins serological survey across Delhi

Sample from 20,000 people to be collected for the anti-bodies test from June 27 to July  10

About the Survey:

  1. The Union Health Ministry said that the survey scheduled from June 27 to July 10 will collect blood samples of 20,000 people across Delhi.
  2. Along the survey done by the National Centre for Disease Control, the Delhi govt has also been advised to conduct an assessment of every individual who died due to COVID-19.
  3. The assessment will have a special focus on whether the person was in home isolation and whether the person was brought to the hospital at the right time or not.
  4. The strict instructions regarding handing over of the dead body of a COVID-19 patient to their next of Kin have been issued to all hospitals.

The sudden surge prompts quick support:

  1. The sudden surge in the number of cases of the capital has prompted ICMR to supply, free of cost, 50,000 approved antigen-based rapid test kits to the Delhi government.
  2. ICMR has also supplied diagnostic material for carrying out 4.7 lakh RT-PCR(Rapid Antibody and Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction) tests.
  3. The NCDC has also supported the Delhi govt through technical guidance and also provided laboratory diagnostic support for RT-PCR tests.

Critical time, bigger arrangements:

  1. As the threat of severe condition emerges, the government is also doing its best.
  2. The Delhi government has almost prepared a 10,000-bedded “ Sardar Patel COVID Care Centre” in its COVID-management.
  3. The entire operation of this facility has been entrusted to the Central Armed Forces (CAPFs) with ITBP taking lead in the process.
  4. Another 1000-bedded new green field hospital constructed by DRDO and manned by doctors and paramedical staff from Army would start functioning next week from an area near Dhaula Kuan.

Pakistan offers to reopen Kartarpur Corridor

“New Delhi says Islamabad creating a mirage of goodwill.”

  1. Pakistan has proposed to reopen the Kartarpur Corridor for the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh who was the 19th century ruler of Punjab.
  2. India says this is to create a mirage of goodwill nothing else.

Covid-19 curbs

  1. In this pandemic, the usual cross border travel has been temporarily suspended to prevent and contain the spread of coronavirus.
  2. As other religious places across the wolrd have started reopening, Pakistan also wants to reopen the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor on June 29.
  3. This initiative from Pakistan is being taken on the occasion of the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, who died on 27 June, 1839 in Lahore.

India says short notice:

  1. India says this is very short notice. Pakistan has not followed the procedure of reopening of the corridor.
  2. Two days time is insufficient to organise the logistics as at least seven days of notice period is necessary to open up the registration process.
  3. India also showed dissatisfaction over poor infrastructure in Pakistan side of the corridor.
  4. The Kartarpur Corridor was inaugurated by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in the presence of Indian dignitaries on November 9 last year to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh faith.

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