Steps taken to contain coronavirus, but fake news causing panic: Govt to SC

The Centre knowledgeable the Tuesday that it has taken “proactive and preemptive timely steps” to take care of the pandemic due to which its unfold is to this point contained but causing severe panic, is the “single most unmanageable hindrance” within the administration of this problem.

In a standing report filed within the apex courtroom, the federal government has given particulars of the steps taken, together with enhancement of testing capability and issuance of order to buy 40,000 ventilators to meet the contingencies, to forestall or Covid-19 and its unfold within the nation.

“It is submitted that as narrated in subsequent a part of this standing report, deliberate or inadvertent and/or materials able to causing severe panic within the thoughts of inhabitants is discovered to be a single most unmanageable hindrance within the administration of this problem,” it stated.

The Centre has stated that it could be organising a separate unit, headed by a joint secretary degree officer within the Ministry of Health and consisting of eminent docs from recognised establishments like AIIMS, to reply each question of residents and to present actual time and true information relating to Covid-19.

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“The detailed modalities in this behalf would immediately be worked out and the details regarding the web portal which can be approached by citizens for true, genuine, scientific and correct factual position will be displayed immediately,” it stated.

The standing report was filed by the Centre in two separate pleas which have raised the difficulty of migration amid unfold and 21-day throughout the nation.

In its standing report, the federal government has apprised the apex courtroom concerning the sequence of steps taken by it after China introduced on January 7 about coronavirus.

It stated that on January 7 itself, the Union well being secretary addressed all state well being secretaries to look at and take mandatory actions for enough hospital preparedness to meet “with any possible emergency”.

“On January 18, 2020, thermal screening for detection of fever was started for all passengers coming from China and Hong Kong at three international airports,” the standing report stated, including, “By March 4, thermal screening was initiated for all international flights.”

“Very few countries of the world responded as timely the way India responded as a result of which the spread of Covid-19 is capable of being contained in our country so far,” it stated.

The Centre additionally stated that India had a “proactive, pre-emptive and graded response to Covid-19” they usually took well timed measures in anticipation even earlier than the nation had the primary confirmed case of coronavirus.

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It standing report stated that on March 19, the Centre determined to cease all worldwide flights with impact from March 22 and the stated restrictions have now been prolonged until April 14.

“It may be pointed out that India started thermal screening of travellers/passengers even before the first case was reported in India while as per WHO situation report No. 67 dated March 27, 2020, most of the other countries initiated thermal screening in stage II and stage III of the infection in their respective countries,” it stated.

The authorities stated {that a} whole of 15.25 lakh passengers have been screened on the airports, 40,000 have been screened on the 12 main sea ports and 65 minor ports and 20 lakh folks have been screened in any respect land borders posts.

It stated that subsequent to thermal screening on the level of entry, the passengers are additional monitored in the neighborhood via the “Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme by the union well being ministry and this train was undertaken in cooperation with the state governments.

It stated record of all passengers, as obtained from Bureau of Immigration, was despatched to the states for monitoring worldwide passengers as per medical protocol and the Centre monitored it in collaboration with the state governments.

“So far a total of 3,48,000 passengers are brought under such medical/health monitoring as per such risk profile and symptomatic cases are hospitalized and treated,” it stated.

The standing report stated that India has considerably enhanced testing capability for Covid-19 on a “war footing” from a single lab in January 2020 at Pune to whole 118 labs “operational presently with adequate geographical distribution for testing with a capacity to undertake sampling of 15,000 tests per day”.

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It stated the Centre has additionally already coordinated with 47 personal laboratory chains, which have greater than 20,000 assortment centres within the nation which can be in a position to gather the pattern for Coronavirus.

It stated states have been requested to determine enough isolation and ICU beds in authorities in addition to personal hospitals and they’re additionally suggested to develop devoted Covid-19 hospitals or wards on a warfare footing.

“Several States have already initiated actions to change existing hospitals exclusively dedicated for the Covid-19 treatment and to convert existing unoccupied ‘non-hospital buildings’ into temporary Covid-19 hospitals,” it stated.

The Centre has additionally instructed all of the ministries and departments, significantly, Defence, Railways, Para navy forces and Labour, to create devoted Covid 19 blocks or hospitals.

It stated that to this point, 1.35 lakh isolation beds have already been recognized and Rail wagons are additionally being transformed as isolation beds for sufferers and these numbers are rising.

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