State Bank of India’s Ramban branch was sealed after its two employees tested positive for coronavirus.
District Magistrate Ramban Mussarat Islam in exercise of the powers under section 144 CrPc and National Disaster Management act 2005 ordered closure of SBI’s Ramban branch with immediate effect after two of its employees tested COVID-19 positive.
Fearing apprehension of further transmission of COVID-19, the branch of the bank was closed for the employees and customers for 48 hours.
The District Magistrate has asked the bank branch managers to remain available on phone in case of any financial urgency.
The order has been issued in accordance with the advisories issued by the Health authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic and to break the transmission chain of the virus.
COVID third phase inevitable, prepare for new waves: Centre’s top scientific advisor
A third phase of the deadly novel coronavirus pandemic is inevitable, claimed K Vijay Raghavan, the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India on Wednesday (May 5).
Addressing a press conference, Raghavan said, “A third wave is almost inevitable given the higher levels of circulating virus in the country. However, it is not clear on what time scale this phase three will occur. We should prepare for new waves,” said.
Shedding light on the transmission of the new strains of the infection he said, “Variants are transmitted same as original strain. It doesn’t have properties of new kinds of transmission. It infects humans in a manner that makes it more transmissible as it gains entry, makes more copies and goes on, same as original.”
Raghavan asserted that the vaccines are effective against the new COVID-19 strains as well. “Vaccines are effective against current variants. New variants will arise all over the world and in India too but variants that increase transmission will likely plateau. Immune evasive variants and those which lower or increase disease severity will arise going ahead.”
Further, he said, “Scientists of India and all over world are working to anticipate these kinds of variants and act against them rapidly by early warning and developing modified tools. It’s an intense research program, happening in India and abroad.”
Schools Must Reduce Fees As On-campus Facilities remain Closed
The Supreme Court on Tuesday made an observation that will be applicable to schools, colleges and other educational institutes. The Supreme Court bench led by Justice Khanwilkar asked the schools and educational institutions which are closed for more than a year and will remain closed till further orders to reduce the fees as their running and overhead costs of maintenance, electricity, petrol/diesel to run generators, water cost, stationery charges have come down with online classes.
The parents, who are demanding a cut in fees, told the bench that the schools have saved a colossal amount of money during the online classes towards electricity charges, water charges, stationery charges and other miscellaneous charges which are required for the physical running of the school.
Granting relief to the parents the court said “the fees would have been refixed by the regulation authority but decided to pass an order for 15 per cent cut to settle the issue once and for all.
The court also directed the schools not to prevent any student from attending online classes or offline classes on account of non-payment of fees or outstanding fees.
India registers over 3.82 lakh new COVID-19 cases, 3,780 deaths
India registered 3,82,315 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, said the union health ministry on Wednesday morning. With this, the cumulative count of the cases has gone up to 2,06,65,148.
The daily spike had reached its peak of over four lakh cases on May 1 but came down to 3,57,229 cases yesterday.
As many as 3,780 people succumbed to the disease in the country in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative death toll to 2,26,188.
As per the government data, a present there are 34,87,229 active cases of COVID-19 in the country.
The country also witnessed as many as 3,38,439 recoveries taking the cumulative recoveries to 1,69,51,731.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), as many as 29,48,52,078 samples have been tested for COVID-19 up to May 3 of which 15,41,299 samples were tested on Tuesday.
The total doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered stand at over 16,04,94,188, informed the health ministry.
India is currently dealing with a devastating second Covid-19 wave that has swept through the nation, crushing the country’s health infrastructure and overburdening frontline medical workers.
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