Goa may close down road borders with M”rashtra, K”taka
The Goa government is contemplating closing down of the state”s road borders in order to prevent tourists incoming from Maharashtra and Karnataka into the state amid the coronavirus pandemic, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said on Tuesday.
“I have sought advice from the government especially (Union Health Minister) Harsh Vardhan on how we can block our borders. Because of this 15-day period, people from the bordering areas of Maharashtra and Karnataka are coming in the state of Goa,” Rane said.
Health advisory issued in Goa
The Goa government on Tuesday issued a health advisory on the usage of anti-coronavirus masks, even as a series of raids conducted by the Goa government”s legal metrology department resulted in the seizure of more than 1000 spurious masks.
The mask usage guidelines introduced in Goa, which have been emulated from the advisory issued by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, urge people to not wear masks unnecessarily and also recommends private sector employers to explore the possibility of getting employees to work from home.
The guidelines also lay down methods for selection of the right quality masks as well as its disposal once used.
Meanwhile, in a series of raids conducted by the legal metrology department, more than a 1,000 spurious masks, many of them touted to be of the N-95 specification, were seized.
“A massive drive was carried out by the officials of the legal metrology department who filed 12 cases and seized 806 ordinary masks and 195 N-95 masks for not bearing mandatory declaration as required under the Legal Metrology Act and the rules in force,” a statement issued by the department said.
First confirmed case of coronavirus in Bengal
The first confirmed novel coronavirus case was detected in West Bengal on Tuesday, as a youth who returned from the UK recently tested positive.
He has a sore throat and slight cold, and was being given supportive treatment for the symptoms.
The 18 year old youth, who came back from the UK on March 15, was admitted to the state”s referral hospital for infectious diseases ID Hospital, Beliaghata, on Tuesday morning.
His sample, sent to the National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED), was found to be positive in the evening.
Soon after receiving the test report, the hospital and state health department officials transferred him to a special air conditioned isolation cabin earmarked for confirmed coronavirus cases.
His sample has also been sent to the National Institute of Virology, Pune, for reconfirmation.
Karnataka Covid cases total 11
A 67-year-old woman tested positive for coronavirus, taking the total number of cases in Karnataka to 11, state Health Minister B. Sriramulu said on Tuesday.
“The 11th victim who tested positive is a resident of Bengaluru and returned to the city from Dubai via Goa on March 9. She is known case of chronic kidney disease,” Sriramulu said in a tweet.
Though the woman was in home isolation since returning from Dubai, she was admitted in a designated hospital on Monday.
“In all, 21 high risk contacts have been identified, including 5 family members. They all are under strict home quarantine,” the minister said.
Gurugram administration shut cyber hub, offices on Tuesday
In a bid to curb spread of coronavirus, Gurugram district administration forcibly evicted people from Gurugram cyber hub and shut 76 night clubs including 31 from cyber city.
The other night clubs are located in sector 29, golf course road, Sohna road and MG road.
Vinay Pratap Singh, the Commissioner of Municipal Corporation of Gurugram has urged the devotees to avoid coming to Sheetala Mata Temple in Gurugram. This temple is known as one of the Shaktipeeth of the country and large number of pilgrims come here during the month of March and April.
Gurugram District Magistrate Amit Khatri issued an advisory for business houses and shut majority of MNC offices located in cyber city and Udyog Vihar.
Gathering of over 50 persons restricted in Rajasthan
Additional Chief Secretary Medical and Health Rohit Kumar Singh on Tuesday issued an order restricting the gathering of more than 50 persons at all public places of the state till March 31 to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Singh said this prohibition has been imposed using the powers conferred in Section (2) of the Rajasthan Epidemic Diseases Act, 1957, to prevent the spread of coronavirus.