What Are Different Stages Of Coronavirus Outbreak?

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said that India was at the second stage of coronavirus pandemic. At this stage, there’s no fear of community transmission.

Stage 2 of coronavirus outbreak

ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava explained that India was on Stage 2 of the outbreak and not on Stage 3 where there was fear of community outbreak. Also, Mr. Bhargava hoped that Stage 3 would never arrive in India.

He further said that preventing the outbreak from reaching to Stage 3 depended on India’s response like closing borders and proactive stage. But he said that it was difficult to say that community transmission won’t happen.

Different stages of an outbreak

Stage 1: Transmission is imported from foreign nations through air traffic.

Stage 2: Local transmission starts after people start coming into contact with affected persons. For example, family members, friends, neighbors and colleagues of infected persons are tested positive for the infection.

In local transmission, the virus spread remains limited to certain pockets. Since its source is visible, it is easier to contain the virus at this level as opposed to community transmission.

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Trial Of Coronavirus Vaccine Begins In US

US health officials made an announcement about start of the first human trial of a candidate vaccine against the new coronavirus in Seattle. This test is a ray of hope in the global fight against the disease.

But the vaccine has to pass more trials in phases before it is termed safe and it could take from 12 to 18 months before it is made available for public.

COVID-19 vaccine

US National Institutes of Health (NIH) in collaboration with Cambridge, Massachusetts based biotechnology company Modern has been developing a vaccine called mRNA-1273 to defeat COVID-19.

The trial involves 45 healthy adult volunteers between the age group of 18 to 55 years. They will be kept under observation for a period of 6 weeks and the trail on the first volunteer would start on Wednesday. Funding for the trial was provided by the Oslo-based Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI).

COVID-19 has already infected more than 175,000 people and claimed over 7,000 lives so far. But there is no approved vaccine for this infection. Head of infectious diseases at the NIH said that finding a safe and effective vaccine to prevent infection was an urgent public health priority.

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Canadian PM Announces Shutdown From Quarantine

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada was closing its borders to most foreigners except for Americans. Stay home as much as possible advised Justin. The Canadian PM and his family are under isolation after his wife Sophie tested positive for COVID-19.

Canada takes strict measure

The move comes after the number of coronavirus cases in Canada jumped from a few dozen two weeks ago to more than 400 and four deaths. Earlier the virus was traced to foreign travels but today local transmission of the virus is also traced.

Exemptions to US

Justin said that US citizens were exempted because Canada had high level of integration of the two economies and the coordination that they had. Also, the exemptions are provided to air crews, diplomats and immediate family members of Canadian citizens. Also, truck drivers that make regular deliveries across Canada borders. Also, the government will help its citizens that are stranded overseas because they are suspect.

Continental response

The measure is called continental response to the deadly outbreak. The Transport Minister Marc Garneau told that the measure would take effect starting midday on Wednesday. And the response integrates critical supply chains to continue supply of food … Read the rest


Tom Hanks Recovers From COVID-19 But His Wife Still Suffers From The Infection

Tom Hanks, who was recently down with COVID-19 along with his wife Rita Wilson, has been released from the isolation. The couple was in Brisbane, Australia when they got infected with deadly coronavirus. While Tom Hanks was released from quarantine in an Australian hospital, his wife is still under recuperating from the infection.

Tom and Wilson in Australia

He was busy shooting for the biopic of Elvis Presley when he and Wilson, both 63, got COVID-19. Wilson is a singer and songwriter. She performed in many concerts in Sydney and Brisbane before getting infection. The Australian authorities had been tracking people they were in contact with as their contacts could also get infected.

The couple thanked their Australian caregivers and urge their fans to follow the advice of experts. They posted their run-in with COVID-19 on social media.

They were staying in a Gold Coast penthouse while working on the Lurhmann film in which Tom Hanks is essaying the role of Elvis’ long-time manager, Colonel Tom Parker. Tom is believed to have returned to the penthouse after getting discharged from the hospital.

Australia has a total of 400 COVID-19 cases but number of deaths reported is only 5.

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Eurozone Finance Ministers Were Not Unanimous About Policy Decision

Eurozone finance ministers failed to agree on any common or coordinated fiscal action to the crisis created by coronavirus pandemic. But they met only to promise a strong economic policy response to the alarming situation.

Statement by Eurogroup of ministers

After a length discussion in a conference hall, the group said that it welcomed the measures already taken by other European institutions mainly the European Central Bank, the European Commission and individual states. But the group remained silent on their plan, if the crisis over the European economy deepens.

Paolo Gentiloni, the European Commissioner in charge of economic matters, indirectly accepted the failure of the meeting by saying that the meeting set the right tone for a coordinated policy response by the institutions and member states.

Eurozone bailout fund role in economic crisis

The ministers have different views on the role that the European Stability Mechanism (ESM)can play in the event of the financial crisis shaking the monetary union to its core. The members countries weren’t unanimous on the rules that will govern its actions.

The ESM is governed by its founding members and it frames its conditions for taking action when a country asks for aid. Klaus Regling, the … Read the rest


RBI Starts New Security Rules For Credit/Debit Cards

The new rules for credit/debit cards that Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued in January, will come into force on Monday. The new rules will increase security by reducing frauds. Also, they will boost convenience of the user and security of transactions.

RBI rules for credit/debit cards

According to new rules,only domestic card transactions at ATMs and PoS terminals will be allowed at the time of issuance/reissuance of card. For international transactions, online transactions, card-not-present transactions and contactless transactions, the card holders will have to separately set up services on their cards.

These rules will come into force on March 16 and will be applicable to both the old and new cards. Old card holders have time to decide whether they need all services. Presently these services are provided with all cards but after the new rules, customers would have to ask for the services.

Also, the RBI directed the banks to allow mobile baking and net banking service to enable limit and enable and disable service 24×7. As soon as a customer makes changes in his/her credit/debit card service, his/her bank will notify him/her through SMS/email.

The cardholders will have the facility to switch on/off and set/modify transaction limits … Read the rest