Cupertino, May 7 (IANS) Apple on Thursday announced to award $10 million from its Advanced Manufacturing Fund to US-based COPAN Diagnostics, a market leader in sample collection kits that play a critical role in COVID-19 testing.The funding will allow COPAN Diagnostics to rapidly accelerate their supply of COVID-19 sample collection kits for hospitals across the US, reaching more than one million kits per week by early July. COPAN is one of the world's most innovative manufacturers of sample collection kits for COVID-19 testing."We're thrilled to partner with them so they can expand as we work to address this critical issue for our nation," said Jeff Williams, Apple's chief operating officer.Apple has donated tens of millions of dollars toward the global COVID-19 response, including Global Citizen and America's Food Fund."Collection and transport kits are a critical component in the fight against COVID-19. At COPAN, we're excited and grateful for this partnership with Apple," said Norman Sharples, CEO of COPAN Diagnostics.Apple is sourcing equipment and materials for COPAN Diagnostics from companies across the US.In addition, Apple designed, tested, and distributed almost 10 million face shields and sourced over 30 million face masks for healthcare professionals in hard-hit areas. Apple also developed a COVID-19 symptom-checking website and app in partnership with the CDC, and announced a collaboration with Google to develop COVID-19 contact tracing technology to help governments and health agencies reduce the spread of the virus, with user privacy and security central to the design.--IANSna/
Srinagar, April 8 (IANS) The District Magistrate of Kulgam, Showkat Aijaz Bhat, on Wednesday issued an order announcing red zones and buffer zones in Kulgam district after the detection of the first Covid-19 case in the district in south Kashmir.The DM, who is also the Chairman of the disaster management authority, said the Covid-19 case detected in Kulgam is a resident of Reshipora Ward No. 4 and has a contact history with a Covid-19 positive case."The said affected person is residing in Ward No. 4 and there is likelihood of a mass contact by this person as he is said to have met many people in the aforementioned ward due to which the said ward has become vulnerable for further transmission of the Covid-19 virus," the DM said.In order to break the further transmission chain in the area, it has become imperative to take further stringent precautionary measures like declaring the area/locations as red zones/containment zones and their surrounding areas as buffer zones, the DM's order read."The Reshipora Ward No. 4 has been declared as a red zone. The other wards, namely Naikpora-A and B Ward No. 2, Noorbagh Ward No. 5 and Goripora Ward No. 3 have been declared as buffer zones," it added.The order said that there shall be no inward or outward movement of any person from these wards."There shall be complete lockdown in all these wards. There shall be no vehicular movement on interior roads of Kulgam town," the order added.--IANSzi/arm
Thiruvananthapuram- Even as the Kerala Government Medical Officers Association (KGMOA) on Tuesday said that they will observe a statewide black day on Wednesday, the Kerala government has come out with guidelines that they will supply three litres of liquor every week to those showing withdrawal symptoms, to their homes.
This directive came hours after the KGMOA announced that they will work wearing black badges to protest the decision of the State government asking to issue certificates for supply of liquor to those showing withdrawal symptoms.
Earlier in the day, several people approached the Excise department with a letter from doctors, but since a huge majority of them was signed by retired doctors and doctors from the private sector, it was rejected by the Excise department.
They will be issuing a pass, which will have to be given to the office of the Kerala State Beverages Corporation, who will deliver it to their homes.
The brand of liquor and the price will be decided according to availability.
After the week's quota is over, they will have to repeat the same process.
Speaking to the media, KGMOA office bearer Vijaykrishna said this decision is going to affect their morale and expect that the government will withdraw this order.
"There are scientific methods of treating people with withdrawal symptoms and that's the medical protocol. This is something which will affect our morale and numerous side effects will surface. We will not be doing this," said Vijaykrishna.
It was on Monday that brushing aside strong opposition from medical bodies, the Kerala government came out with an order which allowed the supply of liquor to those showing withdrawal symptoms if they have certificates from government doctors.
Those who are addicted to liquor but not getting the supplies show withdrawal symptoms as per the medical terminology.
In its order, the government said that following restrictions on account of the national lockdown, all bars, liquor retail outlets and toddy shops have been closed and a few suicides by people having withdrawal symptoms were reported and hence there is a need to provide regulated supply of alcohol to such cases and it will be done.
Leading medical organisations, like the IMA, Kerala Government Medical Officers Association and the Indian Society of Gastroenterology's Kerala Chapter earlier condemned the proposed move and said they will not prescribe it for being it against medical ethics.
Meanwhile, State Health Minister K.K. Shailaja trying to cool down things said she thinks the order has been misunderstood and even the Chief Minister said due to withdrawal symptoms none should die.
"It should be seen only as an advice," said Shailaja.
पटना. स्वाइन फ्लू, जीका वायरस, डेंगू, मलेरिया, डायबिटीज आदि बीमारियों से लड़ने में बेहद कारगर 'गिलोय' को सरकार राष्ट्रीय औषधि की श्रेणी में सूचीबद्ध करने के बारे में गंभीरतापूर्वक विचार कर रही है. इस बारे में केंद्र सरकार के आयुष मंत्रालय और बिहार सरकार ने प्रोजेक्ट रिपोर्ट मांगी है. गौरतलब है कि गिलोय में एंटीबायोटिक, एंटीएलर्जिक, एंटी डायबिटिक, एंटी इनफ्लेमेटरी और एंटी ऑक्सीडेंट गुण होते हैं जिससे हमारे शरीर की प्रतिरोधक क्षमता बढ़ती है. गिलोय को अमृता, गुडूची, मधुपर्णी, तंत्रिका व कुंडलिनी नाम से भी जाना जाता है.
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