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Coronavirus Outbreak: Sand Artist Sudarshan Pattnaik’s Art Calls People To Support The Fight Against COVID-19

Declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, the new coronavirus (COVID-19) has infected 43,103 people and killed 1,018, as on February 11

Coronavirus Outbreak: Sand Artist Sudarshan Pattnaik’s Art Calls People To Support The Fight Against COVID-19

New Delhi: Lending his support to the people of China, a country that is reeling under the spread of coronavirus that has so far killed over 1,000 people there, Padmashri award winner and sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created a sand art on Puri beach in Odisha. The sand art installation with three masked faces looking in three different directions had a thoughtful message,

We stand with #China: My #SandArt with the message, Fight against #CORONAVIRUS at Puri beach, #Odisha.

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On Tuesday, Mr. Pattnaik’s sand art was acknowledged by China’s Ambassador to India Sun Weidong with a simple message “Appreciate this message.”

Meanwhile, the virus was given the name COVID-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday where the CO stands for corona, the VI for virus and the D for disease. The organisation’s Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also thanked Mr. Pattnaik for his artwork,

Such a beautiful way to express solidarity to the people of #China during this challenging #2019nCoV outbreak. Thank you, @sudarsansand.

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Other social media users also joined in to show their unanimity with the message of Sudarsan Pattnaik’s post. A user wrote, “Thanks. I believe that we can defeat the virus at soon.”

Another wrote, “Thank you for your kind words.”

https://twitter.com/xuyimiao2/status/1227402185752772608

“Thanks. We are all human ! And We need to help each over by any means!” read one post.

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Coronavirus Outbreak: How Prepared Is India?

While talking to NDTV about the preparedness of India to fight coronavirus, Dr. Nivedita Gupta from Indian Council of Medical Research said that as of now the country has dedicated 14 laboratories for testing coronavirus and the National Institute of Virology, Pune has been appointed as the nodal lab for coronavirus testing. She said,

These labs are situated in cities that have international airports so that passengers arriving from China and other foreign countries can be tested for coronavirus.

She further informed that these labs are well equipped with necessary equipment and expertise as these have earlier dealt with SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) in 2003 and MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) in 2014. She added,

Apart from these specialised labs, we have 106 labs across the country that are well-equipped in detecting influenza. Thus is if required, we can easily increase our specialised capacity from current 14 labs to 50 labs by using facilities from the network of these 106 labs.

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, as on 09 February 2020, a total of 1,818 flights have been screened covering a total of 1,97,192 passengers. Screening of passengers is ongoing in 21 airports, international seaports and border crossings, particularly with Nepal. Presently over 6,000 passengers from 29 States/Union Territories are under home quarantine. Ms. Gupta said,

The main symptoms of novel coronavirus disease are fever, cough, and difficulty in breathing. People who have viral pneumonia will need supportive intensive care.

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ICMR has also prepared a treatment plan with supervision from the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) to give a combination of lopinavir and ritonavir drugs that are approved for AIDS treatment, in case coronavirus infection becomes a public health emergency in the country.

India currently has two quarantine centre for keeping the people with symptoms or potential threats of having the virus in isolation to avoid the spread of the virus- Army Camp in Manesar, Gurugram and ITBP (Indo-Tibetian Border Police) Chawla camp, Delhi with 406 and 248 individuals quarantined respectively. According to Ms Gupta, quarantine or isolation period in case of coronavirus can range from 5 days to 17- 20 days but the country is currently putting people on 14 days isolation. However, medical researchers are still figuring out the ideal number of days.

Dr. Suryakant Tripathi of King George’s Medical University said,

The situation in India is nowhere as grim as at epicentre Wuhan (CHINA). While there have been three positive cases, there has not been any casualties. Till now, we have been able to contain the outbreak and it has not become an epidemic yet. This is because India has taken some really timely steps like bringing back the students from Wuhan and running awareness campaigns on the importance of handwashing and using masks.

He further said that government hospitals in almost every district of the country are keeping 10 beds reserved for coronavirus patients. He also added that the public health system will have to go the extra mile to check the potential spread of the virus.

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World

26,64,52,674Cases
22,71,10,520Active
3,40,79,612Recovered
52,62,542Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 196 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 26,64,52,674 and 52,62,542 have died; 22,71,10,520 are active cases and 3,40,79,612 have recovered as on December 7, 2021 at 3:46 am.

India

3,46,48,383 6,822Cases
95,0143,402Active
3,40,79,612 10,004Recovered
4,73,757 220Deaths
In India, there are 3,46,48,383 confirmed cases including 4,73,757 deaths. The number of active cases is 95,014 and 3,40,79,612 have recovered as on December 7, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,39,296 518

10,528 298

64,87,593 811

1,41,175 5

Kerala

51,69,198 3,277

41,386 2,724

50,86,044 5,833

41,768 168

Karnataka

29,98,400 301

7,096 65

29,53,067 359

38,237 7

Tamil Nadu

27,31,235 719

8,013 28

26,86,683 737

36,539 10

Andhra Pradesh

20,73,852 122

2,030 92

20,57,369 213

14,453 1

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,485 10

137 3

16,87,437 7

22,911

West Bengal

16,19,722 465

7,590 49

15,92,579 505

19,553 9

Delhi

14,41,398 40

344 26

14,15,955 65

25,099 1

Odisha

10,50,354 105

2,010 144

10,39,921 248

8,423 1

Chhattisgarh

10,07,011 44

337 7

9,93,081 37

13,593

Rajasthan

9,54,920 29

221 0

9,45,743 28

8,956 1

Gujarat

8,27,745 38

350 1

8,17,300 37

10,095

Madhya Pradesh

7,93,258 17

137 4

7,82,593 13

10,528

Haryana

7,71,851 32

203 18

7,61,594 14

10,054

Bihar

7,26,244 7

28 2

7,14,126 5

12,090

Telangana

6,77,138 195

3,810 23

6,69,328 171

4,000 1

Assam

6,17,758 182

2,544 54

6,09,088 122

6,126 6

Punjab

6,03,509 21

333 28

5,86,565 46

16,611 3

Jharkhand

3,49,352 10

131 4

3,44,080 6

5,141

Uttarakhand

3,44,364 11

172 2

3,36,781 13

7,411

Jammu And Kashmir

3,37,915 108

1,661 45

3,31,771 151

4,483 2

Himachal Pradesh

2,27,630 112

776 21

2,23,001 90

3,853 1

Goa

1,79,209 35

413 1

1,75,409 34

3,387

Mizoram

1,36,784 330

3,120 19

1,33,156 310

508 1

Puducherry

1,29,093 8

250 30

1,26,968 38

1,875

Manipur

1,25,389 29

341 12

1,23,063 38

1,985 3

Tripura

84,866 8

93 3

83,948 5

825

Meghalaya

84,599 16

246 2

82,878 14

1,475

Chandigarh

65,500 12

62 4

64,618 8

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,294 1

35 1

54,979 2

280

Sikkim

32,374 5

214 1

31,755 6

405

Nagaland

32,140 4

120 3

31,321 1

699

Ladakh

21,723 9

270 25

21,238 34

215

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,683

0 0

10,679

4

Lakshadweep

10,404

10 0

10,343

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,690 2

3 1

7,558 3

129

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