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21,000 Dengue Cases In West Bengal Since Oct 24; 44,852 Reported So Far

Some areas in Kolkata and adjoining districts of Howrah, Hooghly and North 24-Parganas have witnessed a surge in cases.



KOLKATA (West Bengal): Taking note of the spread of dengue in the West Bengal capital and adjoining districts, the Calcutta High Court directed the state government on Monday to submit a report on action taken by it to control the vector-borne disease.

Also Read: Explainer: What Is Dengue Fever?

A division bench comprising Chief Justice T B N Radhakrishnan and Justice Arijit Banerjee directed the state government and the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) to submit by November 22 the report on the spread of dengue and the action taken to control it. The PILs moved before the court in this regard will be taken up for hearing again on November 22, the bench said.

According to the last review meeting held on October 24, as many as 23,000 had been affected by the disease till then. The figure now stands at 44,852.

Some areas in Kolkata and adjoining districts of Howrah, Hooghly and North 24-Parganas have witnessed a surge in cases.

This was revealed at a meeting held by chief secretary Rajiva Sinha in Nabanna today. In the city, some areas namely Tiljala, Dhapa, Picnic Garden and Parnashree have witnessed the surge.

A similar surge has been recorded in areas of ward 16 under Rishra Municipality in Hooghly and Bankura-2 gram panchayat under Domjur block. In North 24-Parganas, Chowberia under Bongaon block, Hajinagar, Garifa under Naihati municipality and Rahara under Rishra Municipality have recorded an increased number of dengue cases.

A 24-year-old Tangra resident succumbed to dengue last Thursday, while a 28-year-old constable — who had given birth to a girl on October 27 — died of dengue at a private hospital on Wednesday

The state government has decided to give an additional thrust on vector control that includes cleaning of water bodies and larvicide spray on a large scale. There would be widespread use of bio-larvicide for breeding source reduction and increased workforce would be deployed for vector control in Mograhat-1 and 2 and Mathurapur-1 and 2 blocks, said an official.

A drive would be undertaken for cleaning the locked Central and state government premises, he said, adding that house-to-house visits by vector control teams would be increased. This apart, the irrigation department will clean up all the canals in these districts once again.

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COVID-19: Want To Enter Goa? Produce A ‘Coronavirus Negative’ Certificate

ICMR-approved Covid-19 negative certificate issued within 48 hours prior to arrival now required.



PANAJI (Goa): Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant announced on May 24 that only those who will bring an Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) approved COVID-19 negative certificate will be allowed to enter the state and go to their homes. The certificate must have been issued within 48 hours prior to the arrival.

We have decided that whoever wants to come to Goa if they bring an Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) approved Covid-19 negative certificate issued within 48 hours prior of arrival, they will be allowed to go to their homes,” Dr Sawant said at a press conference here.

Around 4,000 more people will come to Goa tomorrow, by air, railway and road passengers will come. Goans have made arrangements for their stay. No one is going to stay in the hotel,” he said.

Goa Chief Minister also mentioned that it is the only state that has conducted 13,000 COVID-19 tests on all the people who have entered the borders.

He added that the Goa model has been followed by the other states as well.

Govt issued Standard Operating Procedure (SOP):

Goa government released a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for all the domestic passengers who will be arriving by rail, air, or road to the state.

• Thermal Screening to be done at the entry point.

• Those who will be found symptomatic will be mandatorily tested and quarantined.

• Those who will be found asymptomatic will be given with the following options and one of which the passenger must select on the self-declaration form- (i) COVID-19 certificate must be produced issued by ICMR within the 48 hours prior to the date of arrival. (ii) Get the test done by giving swabs at the collection centre and paying Rs. 2000 and maintaining self -isolation until the results come.

• If there has been an international travel history, the person has to pay Rs. 2000. They will be mandatorily tested and quarantined until the test results are declared.

• People who do not have a place of residence in Goa must avoid coming, as no hotels and guesthouses have been functioning for the services, as per the guidelines released by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

• The protocols existing for stranded Indians coming either by air or sea will be as per the MHA’s guidelines.

Removal of Voluntary Quarantine option from SOP:

On May 27, Goa CM informed that the option of the voluntary home quarantine for a period of 14 days will not be available for the passengers arriving in the state.

The voluntary quarantine for 14 days was earlier available as one of the options in the self-declaration form for those who have been found asymptomatic. However, the previous conditions like carrying COVID-19 negative certificate or getting tested after arriving in Goa will remain unchanged.

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COVID-19: No Permission To Open Any Educational Institutions Across Country, Says MHA

All educational institutions have been shut since mid-March when the nationwide lockdown started.



NEW DELHI: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G. Kishan Reddy today said that the Ministry has not granted permission to open any educational institutions across the country.

Many media reports earlier said that the schools and colleges have been granted permission to reopen but on May 26 the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, MHA clarified that there has been no decision yet on the opening of schools and colleges and all educational institutions across the country are still prohibited to be opened.

All educational institutions have been shut since mid-March — some of them from March 25 when the nationwide lockdown started — to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic.

The nationwide lockdown was first announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 24 for 21 days in a bid to combat the pandemic.

It was first extended till May 3 and again till May 17. The lockdown has now been extended till May 31.

The CBSE Board has announced the CBSE Board Exam dates this month for the remaining exams. The students of classes other than 10th and 12th have been asked by CBSE to be promoted to the next class by the schools based on an internal assessment conducted.

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COVID-19: WHO Warns Of ‘Second Peak’ In Countries Where Coronavirus Is Declining

Outbreaks could come back later this year in places where the first wave has subsided.



GENEVA (Switzerland): The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that countries seeing a decline in COVID-19 infections could still face an “immediate second peak” if they let up too soon on measures to halt the outbreak.

During a media briefing yesterday, Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme said that we are right in the middle of the first wave, globally and are still very much in a phase where the disease is actually on the way up.

He added that epidemics often come in waves, which means that outbreaks could come back later this year in places where the first wave has subsided.

He added that there is also a chance that infection rates could rise once again more quickly if measures to halt the first wave were lifted too soon. Ryan warned that a second peak or wave could come during the normal influenza season, “which will greatly complicate things for disease control.

He said that countries in Europe and North America should continue to put in place the public health and social measures, the surveillance measures, the testing measures and a comprehensive strategy to ensure that we continue on a downwards trajectory and we don’t have an immediate second peak.

Maria Van Kerkhove, a WHO infectious disease epidemiologist, said that a hallmark of coronaviruses is its ability to amplify in certain settings, its ability to cause transmission – or super spreading events.

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