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COVID-19: DRDO Develops Bio-Suit To Keep Health Professionals Safe

The DRDO has prepared a special sealant as an alternative to seam sealing tape based on the sealant used in submarine applications.

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NEW DELHI: Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed a bio-suit to keep the medical, paramedical and other personnel engaged in combating COVID-19 safe from the deadly virus.

Scientists at various DRDO laboratories have applied their technical know-how and expertise in textile, coating and nanotechnology to develop the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) having a specific type of fabric with coating.

The suit has been prepared with the help of the industry and subjected to rigorous testing for textile parameters as well as protection against synthetic blood.

The protection against synthetic blood exceeds the criteria defined for body suits by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).


The DRDO is making all efforts to ensure that these suits are produced in large numbers and serve as a robust line of defence for the medics, paramedics and other personnel in the front line combating COVID-19.

The industry is geared up for production of the suit in large quantities. M/s Kusumgarh Industries is producing the raw material, coating material, with the complete suit being manufactured with the help of another vendor. The current production capacity is 7,000 suits per day.

Another vendor is being brought in with the experience in garment technology and efforts are on to ramp up the capacity to 15,000 suits per day.


The bio-suit production in the country by DRDO industry partners and other industries are being hampered due to non-availability of seam sealing tapes.

The DRDO has prepared a special sealant as an alternative to seam sealing tape based on the sealant used in submarine applications.

Presently, bio suits prepared using this glue for seam sealing by an industry partner has cleared test at Southern India Textile Research Association (SITRA) Coimbatore.

This can be a game-changer for the textile industry. The DRDO can mass produce this glue through the industry to support the seam sealing activity by suit manufacturers.

The DRDO has developed a number of products and technologies for defence against Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) agents. Defence Research and Development Establishment (DRDE) Gwalior, a laboratory of DRDO, has developed Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Permeable Suit Mk V. 53,000 suits have been supplied to Army and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).

For first responders attending to radiological emergencies, a reusable suit has been developed by Institute of Nuclear Medicine & Allied Sciences (INMAS) Delhi.


Aerial Delivery Research and Development Establishment (ADRDE) Agra has developed various types of parachutes with fabrics similar to protective technical textiles.

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COVID-19: 200 Special Passenger Trains To Run From Today

No tatkal and premium tatkal booking will be permitted in these trains.

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NEW DELHI: Two hundred special trains will run across the country from tomorrow. These services will be in addition to Shramik Special trains and 30 Special AC trains.

These trains are fully reserved trains having both AC and Non AC classes. General coaches have reserved seat for sitting accommodation. There will be no unreserved coach on the train.

Railway Ministry said, more than 1 lakh 45 thousand passengers will travel tomorrow. Around 26 lakh passengers have booked their tickets for Advance Reservation Period 1st to 30th June.


The passengers have to reach the station 90 minutes in advance to facilitate thermal screening at the station. All passengers will be screened and only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board the train.

Only passengers with confirmed and RAC tickets will be allowed to enter the Railway Station and board the train.

All passengers must wear face masks at the entry and during travel. Passengers have to observe social distancing both at the station and on trains.

On arrival at their destination, the travelling passengers will have to adhere to such health protocols as are prescribed by the destination State and Union territories.


No Linen, blankets and curtains will be provided inside the train. Passengers are advised to carry their own linen for the travel.

Online Booking of tickets for these trains is being done through IRCTC website or through Mobile App. Railways has also allowed booking of reservation tickets through the reservation counters, Common Service Centers and Ticketing agents.

No tatkal and premium tatkal booking will be permitted in these trains.

This development comes in a move to let citizens travel to their hometowns amid the nationwide lockdown which was imposed to combat spread of novel coronavirus in the country.

The Ministry of Railways today said that more than 1.45 lakh passengers will be travelling on Monday when the 200 special trains will start their operations.

Around 26 lakh passengers have booked tickets on these special trains till 30 June, the national transporter said.


These trains also include the popular trains such as Durontos, Sampark Krantis, Jan Shatabdis and Poorva Express and more. Railways also said that these will have both AC and non-AC classes and fully reserved coaches.

Here are the details about the special trains:

 

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COVID-19: Rajasthan Govt Issues New Guidelines Regarding Lockdown

All government and private offices can be opened with full staff capacity.

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JAIPUR (Rajasthan): The Rajasthan government has today issued new guidelines regarding the lockdown. Additional Chief Secretary of the Home Department Rajiv Swaroop told that public transport will now operate on all the routes in the state except containment zones.

All government and private offices can be opened with full staff capacity.

Zoo, biological parks, sanctuaries, tiger reserves and national parks will be re-opened for tourists from tomorrow – along with many other activities.


All medical services will be resumed in SMS Hospital of Jaipur from tomorrow. Health Minister Dr Raghu Sharma told that the SMS hospital has been declared non-COVID.

Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education has issued the time table for the remaining examinations of class 10th and 12th. These examinations will be held from 18th to 30 June.

Meanwhile, the current system in the State courts has been extended till June 14. Subordinate courts will hear the most urgent cases through video conferencing.


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COVID-19: India’s Recovery Rate Now Nearly 48%

The highest recovery rate of 100 per cent has been recorded in Andaman and Nicobar Islands and in Mizoram. 

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NEW DELHI: COVID-19 cases in India has reached 1,73,763. But there is a silver lining that the overall recovery rate of patients from COVID-19 infection has now gone up to 47.76 per cent. In the last 24 hours, 4,614 patients were found cured.

A cumulative total of around 87,000 people have been cured so far.

The number of cases under active medical supervision is around 90,000.


On March 25, when the lockdown was enforced across India, 43 people affected with coronavirus were cured, which was 7% of the total 606 cases. Health and Family Welfare Ministry data reveals that in different phases of lockdown, the recovery rate has improved continuously.

In the first phase of lockdown, the recovery rate reached to 11.42 per cent and in the second phase, it crossed the 27 per cent mark.

During the third phase of lockdown which ended on 18th May, the figure of recovery rate reached to 38.29 per cent.


At present, the highest recovery rate of 100 per cent has been recorded in Andaman and Nicobar Islands and in Mizoram.

There are 17 States and Union Territories including Punjab, Chandigarh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Goa, Uttar Pradesh, Ladakh, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat, which are above the national recovery rate of 47.40 per cent.

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