131 COVID-19 cases have been reported in the last 12 hours and positive cases rose to 1965 including 1764 active cases. 151 people were either cured, discharged or migrated with a death toll rising to 50: Ministry of Health and family welfare.
“We’ve 216 Covid19 patients out of which 188 belong to one group(the attendees of Tablighi Jamaat Event). We had received reports of 24 patients from the group out of which 23 tested positive. This is alarming”, said Dr. JC Passey, Medical Director of Delhi’s LNJPN Hospital.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds a meeting with Chief Ministers through a video conference to discuss the COVID-19 crisis in the country. Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh are also present.
At the Congress Working Committee Meeting, Congress President, Sonia Gandhi said, “We meet today in midst of unprecedented health and humanitarian crisis. The magnitude of the challenge before us is daunting but our resolve to overcome it must be greater”.
We meet today in midst of an unprecedented health and humanitarian crisis. The magnitude of the challenge before us is daunting but our resolve to overcome it must be greater: Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi at Congress Working Committee meeting (via video conferencing) pic.twitter.com/yhl6sycoP1
— ANI (@ANI) April 2, 2020
She even added, “To fight COVID-19, there is no alternative to constant and reliable testing. Our doctors,nurses and health workers need all the support. Personal Protection Equipment such as hazmat suits, N-95 masks must be provided to them on a war footing”
The Congress Working Committee(CWC) meeting is held via video conferencing. Party Interim President Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and other senior leaders of the party are attending.
How Does Weather Affect COVID Cases?
Though nothing seems to be clear when it comes to the novel coronavirus, everything is being guessed, which may prove to be true or false later. One such guess is that this virus pandemic may decline during this summer. Just like the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) virus disappeared in the summer in 2003.
With the summer comes the heat. This coronavirus seems to be different from the rest of the viruses. Though the virus is sensitive to heat, it can be killed only at the temperature of boiling water, which the environment cannot produce obviously.
Wang Guiqiang, director of the infectious disease department at the Peking University First Hospital, said that it is unlikely that the summer would get rid of the virus. Also, the pandemic would resume when people gather in the fall. He feels like the virus is here to stay for long.
However, on the other hand, researchers at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge have found that the rate of infections declined as the temperature hit 52 degrees Fahrenheit. But beyond that, there were no modest reactions.
Also, they reported that the higher Ultra Violet index showed a higher number of cases, whereas rain did not affect the spread of the virus.
“It is unlikely that disease transmission will slow dramatically in the summer months from the increase in temperature alone,” said Dr. Shiv Sehra, director of Mount Auburn’s internal medicine residency program.
However, one thing is sure which is that the pandemic will worsen during the following monsoon and winter, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A report has been published regarding this on May 30 in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.
World No Tobacco Day, Why should be Celebrated
So every year today is “World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed around the world every year on 31 May. This yearly celebration informs the public on the dangers of using tobacco, the business practices of tobacco companies, what the World Health Organization (WHO) is doing to fight the tobacco epidemic, and what people around the world can do to claim their right to health and healthy living and to protect future generations” according to Wikipedia.
- In 1987, the WHO’s World Health Assembly passed Resolution WHA40.38, calling for 7 April 1988 to be “a world no-smoking day”. The objective of the day was to urge tobacco users worldwide to abstain from using tobacco products for 24 hours, an action they hoped would provide assistance for those trying to quit.
- In 1988, Resolution WHA42.19 was passed by the World Health Assembly, calling for the celebration of World No Tobacco Day, every year on 31 May. Since then, the WHO has supported World No Tobacco Day every year, linking each year to a different tobacco-related theme.
- In 1998, the WHO established the Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI), an attempt to focus international resources and attention on the global health issue of tobacco. The initiative provides assistance for creating global public health policy, encourages mobilization between societies, and supports the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The WHO FCTC is a global public health treaty adopted in 2003 by countries around the globe as an agreement to implement policies that work towards tobacco cessation.
- In 2008, on the eve of the World No Tobacco Day, the WHO called for a worldwide ban on all tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship. The theme of that year’s day was ″Tobacco-free youth″; therefore, this initiative was especially meant to target advertising efforts aimed at youth. According to the WHO, the tobacco industry must replace older quitting or dying smokers with younger consumers. Because of this, marketing strategies are commonly observed in places that will attract youth such as movies, the Internet, billboards, and magazines. Studies have shown that the more youth are exposed to tobacco advertising, the more likely they are to smoke.
- In 2015, WNTD highlighted the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocated for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption, including ending the illicit trade of tobacco products.
- In 2016, on World No Tobacco Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) called on governments to get ready for plain packaging of tobacco products.
- In 2017, the focus is ‘A threat to development’. The campaign aims to demonstrate the threats that the tobacco industry poses to sustainable development, including the health and economic well-being of citizens in all countries.
- In 2018, the focus is ‘Tobacco breaks hearts: choose health, not tobacco’ #NoTobacco.
- In 2019, the focus is on ‘Tobacco and lung health’.
- In 2020, the focus is on ‘Tobacco and related industry tactics to attract younger generations’
Since 1988 the WHO has presented one or more awards to organizations or individuals who have made exceptional contributions to reducing tobacco consumption. World No Tobacco Day Awards are given to individuals from six different world regions (Africa, Americas, Eastern Mediterranean, Europe, South-East Asia, and Western Pacific), and Director-General Special Awards and Recognition Certificates are given to individuals from any region.
PM Narendra Modi in ‘Mann Ki Baat’ Today
”Mann Ki Baat” is a program hosted by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on the final Sunday of every month, where he addresses the recent issues. It will be aired on All India Radio and Doordarshan.
The Central Government declared nationwide lockdown of the containment areas had been extended till the 30th of June while the restrictions on other parts of the country are lifted.
Today, the 31st of May is the 65th edition of the program when the PM Modi will speak about the coronavirus response of the nation at 11 AM. Apart from being aired on AIR, Doordarshan and PMO, it will also be streamed live on Youtube channels of AIR, DD News, PMO, and Information and Broadcasting Ministry.
हम आगे बढ़ेंगे, हम प्रगति पथ पर दौड़ेंगे, हम विजयी होंगे।
मेरा ऑडियो संदेश… https://t.co/PjU92gXVAr
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 30, 2020
In the previous session, he addressed the people on ”Stay Home, Stay Safe” and the pandemic is for everyone. He advised the people to comply with the restrictions as it is for the welfare of the nation.
He wrote an open letter to the citizens of the nation on the first anniversary marking the second term of his rule. The letter said, “I am working day and night. There could be deficiencies in me, but there is nothing that our country lacks. I believe in you, your strength and your abilities even more than I believe in myself.” He also added that the government had taken ”historic” decisions, and the nation has progressed rapidly through the last year alone, but there is more to be done yet, which he will do surely.
In his 20 minutes address of ”Mann Ki Baat”, he acknowledged the hardships of the laborers, migrant workers, artisans, and craftsmen in small scale industries, hawkers. He said he is on his way to alleviate their troubles. He also said that though the population of our nation is vast, the spread of the virus has not been rapid. He conveyed his credits to the citizens for complying with the rules. He insisted upon following the guidelines saying, “This is a long battle, but we have started traversing on the path of victory, and victory is our collective resolve,” he said.
Also, regarding the Post-COVID world, he assured that India would set an example to the world with its economic revival, ”given the way India has surprised the world with its unity and resolve in the fight against coronavirus.”
PM Modi said self-reliance is the ”need of the hour’,’ and the only way to do it is Aatmanirbhar Bharat or self-reliant India. He has announced a package of rupees twenty lakhs for this purpose.
While some states like Karnataka and Goa are welcoming the ”Unlock”, some states like Tamilnadu are shutting it down by extending the lockdown.
However, he urged that we maintain our social distance and follow our guidelines as the virus is very much still out there.
COVID-19 is very much there and we cannot be complacent.
Take all other precautions.
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) May 31, 2020
For the complete address, watch on Youtube:
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