Daily Current Affairs – 16th April 2020

COVID-19 And Vaccination Campaign

Health experts have warned that more than 117 million children in 37 countries worldwide may be deprived of life-threatening measles vaccine due to the epidemic of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Key Points

It is important to note that to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, vaccination campaigns have been either completely halted or postponed for some time.

Apart from this, there are 13 other countries in which the possibility of not implementing vaccination campaigns is being expressed.

The World Health Organization-WHO has recommended new guidelines to help all countries maintain vaccination activities during an epidemic.

According to the guidelines, governments may temporarily stop preventive vaccination campaigns with no active outbreak of anti-vaccine disease.

The WHO instructions suggest that governments in all countries undertake risk-benefit analysis to make decisions related to continuing or postponing vaccination campaigns during epidemics, particularly in areas where The risk of transmission of COVID-19 is highest.

According to the guidelines, if governments decide to stop the vaccination campaign for some time, it is necessary for policy makers to speed up the campaign to track children who have been denied immunization, So that they can be given measles vaccine in as much time as possible.

According to the official information released in this regard, it is necessary that the community and health workers be protected from the outbreak of COVID-19 by postponing the vaccination campaign for some time, but this does not mean that the future of children is permanently ruined. to be done.

It is notable that Ireland is a measles-free country, but given the increasing number of COVID-19 patients there, analysts warn that Ireland may soon lose its measles-free status.

Measles – A Global Challenge

Measles is a highly contagious and serious disease caused by the virus. Before the introduction of measles vaccine in the year 1963, an estimated 2.6 million people died due to it every year.

It is important to note that despite the availability of safe and effective vaccines, more than 140000 people died due to measles in the year 2018, mostly including children below 5 years.

Measles is caused by a virus in the Paramyxovirus family and is usually transmitted through direct contact and air.

The measles virus first infects the respiratory system and then spreads throughout the body. Measles is a human disease and so far no cases of its transmission in animals have been reported.

Rapid vaccination activities have a major impact in reducing measles deaths. According to statistics, an estimated 23.2 million deaths due to measles vaccination campaign have been prevented during the years 2000 to 2018.

Global measles deaths have decreased by 73 percent from the year 2000 (536000 deaths) to the year 2018 (142000 deaths).

COVID-19 And Scavengers Safety

The National Safai Karamcharis Finance and Development Corporation-NSKFDC has ordered local bodies to ensure that all sanitary workers are provided with Personal Protective Equipment-PPE so that they can get coronovirus (COVID-19) to be safe during epidemics.

Key Points

According to the advisory issued by NSKFDC, sanitation workers and waste collectors, including informal workers, are among the Silent Groups of people who are working tirelessly to prevent the spread of coronoviruses (COVID-19).

According to analysts, when there is a question of risking their lives for the safety of others, at the present time all health workers should be looked upon as doctors, health workers and policemen alike.

All local bodies have been directed to establish a standard operating procedure for the protection of sanitation workers.

All local bodies have also been asked to give mandatory guidelines for cleaning staff on subjects like COVID-19, social distancing criteria and precautionary measures.

Additionally, to help local bodies maintain hygiene, cleaning workers have been ordered to provide masks, gloves, Gumboot and jackets as well as soap and hand sanitizers.

COVID-19 And Sweeper

In addition to health workers and security personnel, a group of sanitation workers are also currently fighting the frontline coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic crisis.

These people risk their lives every day and play an important role in keeping our streets, parks, public places, sewers, septic tanks, communities and public toilets clean and sanitized and help prevent the spread of the virus.

Despite the importance of cleaning workers, they are being ignored by the government and common people. The country’s sanitation workers do not have enough basic security equipment, due to which these people have become very sensitive to this virus.

There is also a lack of awareness among the scavengers about the infection of coronavirus in the absence of education.

ASEAN Countries Virtual Conference

Recently, a virtual conference of ASEAN countries has concluded to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Key Points:

Significantly, this virtual conference was chaired by Vietnam.

The conference has been attended by the heads of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Apart from this, three ASEAN partner countries China, Japan and South Korea also participated in this conference.

Vietnam has urged Southeast Asian leaders at the conference to set up an emergency fund to deal with COVID-19.

This emergency fund will be used in the areas of drug storage, medical equipment, testing etc. so that future epidemics like COVID-19 can be dealt with.

Impact On The Economy From COVID-19:

According to Vietnam, the services sector accounts for about 30% of the total GDP of ASEAN countries.

COVID-19 has affected people’s lives, their socio-economic status and social security.

The tourism sector and the export-dependent economy of ASEAN countries have been greatly affected by COVID-19.

This year the economy of Thailand may decline by 5.3% which will be the worst in the last 22 years. It is noteworthy that Thailand is the second largest economy among ASEAN countries.

Effect Of COVID-19 In ASEAN Countries:

The Formula-1 race, held for the first time in Vietnam, was canceled due to COVID-19.

The number of people infected with COVID-19 in Vietnam is very low and there has not been a single death yet.

There are more than 2,500 cases of infection in Thailand and 40 people have died so far.

April 15: World Art Day, Leonardo da Winky’s Birthday

World Art Day is celebrated on 15 April every year. The purpose of celebrating this day is to spread awareness among the people towards conservation of fine arts.

Leonardo da Winky’s Birthday

Celebrate World Art Day in memory of Leonardo da Vinci. On this day, he was born in Italy. Leonardo was a great painter, sculptor, architect, musician, skilled mechanical, engineer and scientist.

The first World Art Day was Celebrated In 2015

World Arts Day was first celebrated in 2015 in Los Angeles, in which it was said that the work of advancing art should reach the hearts of the people. From then on it was pledged to celebrate every year.

What is Fine Art?

Songs, music, dance, theatricals, and various types of paintings in which we express our emotions are called fine arts.

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