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COVID-19

Agra Model

15th April – Agra Model

Explained – Agra Model for COVID-19 Agra has been lauded by the central government for successful cluster containment that it credits with controlling the spread of coronavirus in the Uttar Pradesh district. Background – Agra was the first identified cluster in India, and continues to have one of the highest district-wise caseloads. However, its success …

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Multilateral Financial Institutions

10th April – Multilateral Financial Institutions

Focusing multilateral money The World Bank group, which includes the bank, the private sector-focused International Finance Corporation (IFC), and the loan guarantee-focused Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), has now moved to address the fast-spreading public health and economic crisis caused by the novel coronavirus. What is being done? The initial spending approved was worth $1.9 …

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Hydroxychloroquine

9th April – Hydroxychloroquine

Explained – Hydroxychloroquine The government has decided to ease its ban on the export of hydroxychloroquine, a drug that has garnered global interest in the treatment and prevention of COVID-19. What is hydroxychloroquine? It is an antimalarial drug option, considered less toxic than chloroquine, and prescribed in certain cases. Doctors also prescribe hydroxychloroquine for patients …

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Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana

2nd April – Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana

Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana The Union government has announced a staggering ₹1.7 trillion package under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana to mitigate the brunt of the 21-day lockdown on 800 million people. It has in the process prioritised its economic strategy to be one about protecting the most vulnerable. Significance – By sheer …

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Essential Commodities Act

1st April – Essential Commodities Act

Essential Commodities Act Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs has brought hand sanitisers and masks (2-ply, 3-ply variety and N95) under the purview of the Essential Commodities Act (EC Act) until June 30. About Essential Commodities Act, 1955 – Under the EC Act of 1955, if the Central government thinks that …

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Jal Shakti

31st March – Water management

Fighting coronavirus and saving water In the wake of the novel coronavirus outbreak, there is an urgent need to understand the importance of water management in India. What is the relationship between the two? According to WHO, Covid-19 is “not robust”-it’s less stable in the environment and more susceptible to oxidants such as chlorine. Conventional, …

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Economic impact of COVID-19

28th March – Economic impacts of COVID-19

How can India contain the economic impact of COVID-19? The COVID-19 pandemic has effectively brought normal life to a halt in India. The importance of social distancing and a lockdown in curbing the spread of the virus cannot be stressed enough, but these measures also have huge repercussions on livelihoods and the economy at large, …

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Lockdown

27th March – Lockdown

Why lockdown is for 21 days? Is there any public health/ epidemiological significance to the 21-day lockdown period announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to combat Coronavirus epidemic? Background – There are four common coronaviruses that cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, like the common cold. These are – 229E (alpha coronavirus); NL63 (alpha …

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