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By Moneycontrol News World Health Organization's Director General also dismissed complaints from countries complaining that contact tracing is too difficult to implement as a control strategy for the COVID-19 pandemic as “lame”. The worst in the novel coronavirus pandemic could be still to come, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned, six months on from when the outbreak began. WHO... more...
has said that the pandemic was “accelerating,” particularly in the Americas. “The hard reality is that this is not even close to being over,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a media briefing on June 29. “The worst is yet to come.” He noted that June 30 would mark six months since WHO was first informed by China of an unusual cluster of pneumonia cases, the first sign of coronavirus' emergence. The disease has since sickened more than one crore people and killed about five lakh. The WHO head also dismissed complaints from countries complaining that contact tracing is too difficult to implement as a control strategy for the COVID-19 pandemic as “lame.” The UN health agency has repeatedly advised countries that curbing their COVID-19 outbreaks requires having a strong contact tracing programme in place, a labour-intensive process of tracking down contacts of people with coronavirus to ensure those at risk isolate themselves. In recent months, countries with large COVID-19 outbreaks, including Britain and the United States, have said there are simply too many contacts to trace for an effective system to be put into place. Britain had vowed to have a “world-class” contact tracing system in place earlier this month. But the United Kingdom ultimately ditched the digital app it developed for that purpose and politicians have acknowledged the program is not yet running at full strength despite recruiting thousands of workers. In recent weeks, British health officials have said their contact tracers are failing to reach about one quarter of people with the virus — leaving thousands of people free to pass on COVID-19. The WHO chief pointed to his emergencies director Dr Michael Ryan as an example of someone willing to go to extraordinary lengths to conduct contact tracing, citing Ryan's work — while wearing a bulletproof helmet and vest — during an Ebola outbreak in a part of Congo where armed groups had attacked and killed health workers. “He believed he had to do everything to stop Ebola and to show that saving lives actually requires that level of commitment,” Tedros said. Tedros said it was not acceptable that some countries claimed there were too many contacts to trace and that the process itself was too difficult. He has previously lauded the contact tracing programmes adopted by countries like South Korea, Singapore and China, which involved teams of health workers tracing tens of thousands of people and ensuring that those exposed to the virus were isolated. Tedros said that well-resourced countries that are not fighting wars have little excuse for not carrying out good contact tracing. “If contact tracing helps you to win the fight, you do it, even (when) risking your life," he said. “If any country is saying contact tracing is difficult, it is a lame excuse.”
The Railways on Friday said certain job profiles of its employees might change in the coming days but asserted that there will be no job losses, a day after the national transporter issued a letter, asking its general managers to slash 50 per cent vacancies and freeze creation of new posts....
The Indian Railways has started constructing the first pillar in the sea for the country’s first vertical lift railway sea bridge – the Pamban rail bridge. The development work on the advanced bridge is underway at Pamban in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu.The vertical lift railway sea bridge is expected to...
In a major step towards sustainable energy and India's mantra of self-reliance, the Indian Railways have decided to solarize railway stations by utilizing vacant lands for Renewable Energy (RE) projects. The move aims at transforming Railways to a complete 'Green Mode of Transportation.' The use of solar power will also help...
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh along with Home Minister Amit Shah and Health Minister Harsh Vardhan today visited the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel COVID hospital in Delhi. The one thousand -bedded hospital with 250 ICU beds became operational from today. ...
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The long-pending issue of "running out of Imaginary Train numbers" has now been resolved. Hereafter, Imaginary Train number format will be:
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