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LATEST Current Affairs: 26 March 2020.


Current Affairs 26th March 2020

COVID-19 will be under Ayushman Bharat (PMJAY) scheme
Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJA) has to bring the cost of testing and treatment of corona virus infection.
National Health Authority (NHA), which is responsible for the implementation of this scheme.
This scheme will be implemented as soon as the government allows treatment of COVID-19 patients in private hospitals.
PMJAY: Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana
Launched
: 28 September 2018
Ministry
: Ministry of Health and Welfare CEO: Dr. Indu Bhushan

Scheme: Health insurance cover of Rs. 5 lakhs per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization to the poor and vulnerable families will be provided under the scheme.

Punjab becomes the 1st state to impose curfew after lockdown fails.
After ineffective lockdown in Panjab, Chief Minister of Panjab Captain Amarinder Sindh has ordered an indefinite curfew in Panjab.
With this, Panjab becomes the 1st state in the country to take big step to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Chandigarh UT has also imposed curfew in the city to reduce corona virus spread.
Curfew
Section 144
Lockdown
It is different in every country, means keeping people off the streets for pre-decided hours. Any violation is met with a fine or arrest.
Curfew includes complete closure essential services in addition to Section 144.
Prevents the congregation of 5 or more people within a particular area. Under this, anyone found in violation will be booked under Section 188 of IPC for disobeying a public servant.

It is an emergency tool that prevents people from leaving a given area. This scenario usually allows for essential supplies, grocery stores, pharmacies and banks to continue to serve the people. All non-essential activities remain shut for the entire period.
It can be enforced by a Collector or Chief Medical Officer (CMO) under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897.

Crisil has lowered india’s growth rate for FY 21 to 5.2% from its previous prediction of 5.7%.
The COVID-19 pandemic will leave he economy crippled next fiscal putting down the growth to a low of 5.2% from previous prediction of 5.7%
However this forecast from Crisil is much higher than those from some other analysts.
CRISIL: Credit Rating Information Services of India Limited
Founded
: 1987
Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra
MD & CEO: Ashu Suyash


PM Modi declared 21-day (Up to April 14) lockdown to break Corona-virus infection chain and also allotted Rs. 15,000 crore for healthcare by Centre
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has declared a 21-day lock down for the whole nation starting from March 25, 2020 till April 14, 2020 as an only way to break the chain of COVID-19 infection. It is an emergency protocol mandating people to stay at home and stepping out of the house unless for an essential purpose will be a punishable offence.
During lock down, all important commodities like milk, groceries and medicines remain available.
Centre allotted Rs. 15,000 Crore for purchase of personal protection equipment for health workers.
1st Indian state to launch COVID ASSISTANT for COVID-19: GOA
Goa health minister Vishwajit Rane launched Test Yourself Goa, a self-assessment tool for COVID-19 to help people identify if they are infected by the virus without visiting a doctor or hospital.
Goa has partnered with Innovaccer, a United States (US)-based healthcare data analytics company, to launch the tool.
The online portal enables a person to check themselves from their home, by answering questions like; Name, contact number, location, recent travel to high-risk countries, symptoms such as fever, cough, wheezing, and any health conditions such as diabetes, asthma, hypertension among others..
Based on the answers, the tool states whether the individual is likely or not likely the suspect of COVID-19,  as per the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)‘s guidelines.
GOA:
Formation of state: 30 May 1987
Capital: Panaji
Largest city: Vasco da Gama

District: 2
Governor: Satya Pal Malik
Chief Minister:  Pramod Sawant
Legislature Seats: 40 seats
Parliament Seats: RS: 1 Seats,    LS: 2 Seats
High Court: Bombay High Court

WHO initiated mega trial “Solidarity” of 4 promising drugs to cure Covid-19
In accordance with the Science Magazine report the World Health Organization (WHO) has started a mega trial namely “Solidarity” of four most promising drugs that may cure the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The trial consists of study, testing, and development of antidote against coronavirus through four most promising therapies which are as follows:
Remdesivir– This experimental antiviral compound was widely used to combat Ebola and other dangerous viruses in the past.
Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine: This is used to treat patients suffering from malaria. Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) has also recommended this for healthcare workers and caregivers looking after positive COVID-19 patients.
Combination of lopinavir and ritonavir: This drug combination is used for treating human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This combination slows down the process of deterioration of organs.In India, it was used to treat the first case of coronavirus who were a couple from Italy.
Ritonavir/lopinavir plus interferon-beta: This combination is used to treat Middle-East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS) patients in Saudi Arabia. Interferon-beta is immune system messengers that can help cripple viruses.
WHO: World Health Organization
Formation: 7 April 1948; 71 years ago

Type: United Nations specialized agency
Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland
Director General: Tedros Adhanom

Short Notes
  • International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade 2020: March 25Theme: Confronting Slavery’s Legacy of Racism Together
  • International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members 2020: March 25
  • Covid-19 pandemic: Tokyo 2020 Olympics postponed to 2021, first time in 124 years.
  • Financial Minister Nirmala Sitharaman declared relief measures for financial sectors amid COVID-19 outbreak; Extension for return filing till June 30, 2020
  • Chander Suta Dogra launched a book- “Missing in Action: The Prisoners Who Never Came Back”.
  • Mayiladuthurai to become Tamil Nadu’s 38th district: Edappadi Palaniswamy (CM).
  • Iqbal Singh Bains appointed as Madhya Pradesh Chief Secretary.

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