Physical distancing and behaviour etiquettes are potent ‘social vaccines’ for battling COVID-19: Dr Harsh Vardhan

first_img Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” By Press Information Bureau on May 18, 2020 Dr Vardhan highlighted that the testing capacity has increased in the country to 1,00,000 tests per day through 373 government laboratories and 152 private laboratoriesAs the country reaches the exit of Lockdown 3.0, Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare stated that “Our policy perseverance coupled with aggressive and early measures through a strong leadership have shown encouraging results. While the doubling time in the past 14 days was 11.5, it has improved to 13.6 in the last three days.”He added that the fatality rate has fallen to 3.1 per cent and the recovery rate has improved to 37.5 per cent. He also added that (as of Saturday) there are 3.1 per cent active COVID-19 patients in ICU, 0.45 per cent on ventilators and 2.7 per cent on oxygen support.As on May 17, 2020, a total of 90,927 cases have been reported from the country in which 34,109 persons have been cured and 2,872 deaths have occurred. In the last 24 hours, 4,987 new confirmed cases have been added.Dr Vardhan highlighted that the testing capacity has increased in the country to 1,00,000 tests per day through 373 government laboratories and 152 private laboratories. Cumulatively, 22,79,324 tests have been done so far for COVID-19, whereas, 90,094 samples were tested on Saturday..“Today, there are eight States/UTs that have not reported any cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. i.e. A  &N Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Chandigarh, Ladakh, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Puducherry. Also, Daman & Diu, Sikkim, Nagaland and Lakshadweep have not reported any cases till now,” he stated.Dr Vardhan, while speaking on the health infrastructure that was developed for the containment and management of COVID-19 in India, stated that as of now 916 dedicated COVID hospitals with 1,80,473 beds (Isolation beds- 1,61,169 and ICU beds- 19,304) and 2,044 dedicated COVID Health Centres with 1,28,304 beds (Isolation beds- 1,17,775 and ICU beds- 10,529) along with 9,536 quarantine centres and 6,309 COVID Care Centres with 5,64,632 beds are now available to combat COVID-19 in the country. The centre has provided 90.22 lakh N95 masks and 53.98 lakh Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs) to the States/ UTs / Central Institutions, he further added.Dr Vardhan stated that while India sees a return to a New Normal, following simple hygiene measures like washing hands with soap frequently for at least twenty seconds or using alcohol based sanitizers; not spitting in public; sanitize one’s workplace, regularly touched surfaces like table tops; always use face covers in public places to ensure other’s safety along with oneself and ensuring proper respiratory hygiene are a must. He said that physical distancing is the most potent social vaccine available to us and hence it was advisable to ensure ‘Do Gaz ki Doori’ while interacting with others and to limit social gatherings by opting virtual gatherings. He also advised to travel only when absolutely necessary and not to visit crowded places to limit the exposure to infection.With due precautions, safe handling and preparation of food can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has advised some simple steps that can be followed to ensure food-safety during COVID-19 like washing raw fruits and vegetables in clean potable water; fully cooking the meat; use of different chopping boards and knives for raw meat and cooked food; avoid sharing of food utensils, water bottles or cups; cleaning of surfaces such as tables with antibacterial bleach wipes.The Union Health Minister expressed his deep gratitude to the selfless services being rendered every day by the corona warriors like frontline health workers – doctors, nurses, ANMs, Anganwadi workers as well as the pathologists, lab technicians, scientists and other staff since the beginning of the pandemic. He highlighted that they have been working under tremendous risky conditions in their line of duty, day and night to save the fellow countrymen and hence he emphasized that the nation needs to shun stigma and applaud the contribution of these frontline healthcare providers. He also said that by shunning stigma attached with COVID-19, we encourage people to report symptoms on time which will help in early detection and management of the cases thus improving the recovery rate in the country. He also lauded the dedication and sincerity of all the surveillance officers and encouraged them to continue the fight along with the fellow citizens.Dr Vardhan also stated that this fight can only be won with complete cooperation from everyone in the country. Hence he emphasised on the importance of downloading the Aarogya Setu app which helps in self-assessment and provides surveillance of COVID-19 positive cases.In addition, he warned against falling prey to misinformation, rumours and myths or unfounded claims regarding COVID-19. He advised on following the authentic information available on the websites and twitter handles of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, ICMR, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, and the Press Information Bureau. 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first_imgHomeOpinionColumnsWhat’s the point? – MOTHER LOAD HITS THE TARGET Jan. 21, 2020 at 6:00 amColumnsFeaturedNewsWhat’s the Point?What’s the point? – MOTHER LOAD HITS THE TARGETDavid Pisarra1 year agosmdp columnWhat’s the Point?Mother Load by Wendy Adamsom “Everyone tells me I should write a book about my life and recovery.” I’ve heard that from many a person when they learn that I mentor writers and produce their books. I’ve written seven books myself, and edited and published about a dozen for other people. The number of manuscripts that I’ve started to read and had to quit, and the many conversations over coffee about someone’s dream to write their story, have led to me one conclusion; most people won’t write, and those who do frequently don’t take direction to make their writing better.Then a story comes along and you hear it, and are like, “YES! THAT NEEDS TO BE A BOOK!” But the storyteller is shy, and insecure, but somehow they start writing. A short story at first. A memory of a childhood scene that left an impression. They post it in a Facebook post, or a blog, maybe even get it posted on a website like or As they keep writing, they join a writers group and share their work and get feedback. They polish, and cut, and cut, and cut to get their writing to be good, then great. They have enough short stories, or scenes from a lifetime to make it into a book.That is basically the development story of Mother Load, by Wendy Adamson. She grew up on the Westside and has lived a life that knows extremes. Extremes that most people won’t ever experience. From the depths of drug addiction to the blessings of a recovery that have healed her family.Adamson writes in Mother Load of the incredible insanity that methamphetamine took her life to, in a way that is raw, visceral and unrelentingly honest. She describes the actions she took that led her to a stint in L.A. County Jail with an unflinching clarity and depth of truth that brings a humanity to her writing which is unique in a world of self-revelatory confessionals.The drug infused mania that drove Adamson to commit a crime with a gun, leads to a recovery, which (pardon the pun) triggers moments of knowing humor in her life and book. I found her storytelling to be snappy, emotional, picturesque and enlightening in how effortlessly she describes her tremendously difficult path from pain and self-hatred, to kind, loving, gentle and giving soul. She doesn’t just recount stories, she cracks open her soul and lays bare the motivations and the pain.Yet Mother Load is more than just one woman’s story. It is the story of her family’s recovery. As a unit they were all damaged and hurting, but as Adamson pulled herself from the pit of drug addiction and poverty, and no self-esteem, she pulled her sons out with her. In the Mother Load story “Holey Shoe” she recounts the painful experience of her young son Rikki Mendias having shoes with holes in them and her embarrassment and shame over her lack of funds to get him new shoes. Then along comes Becky, a good Samaritan who takes them both to a shoe store.Becky’s good deed that day sparked an obsession for Rikki and he grew into a ‘sneakerhead’ – a collector of rare sneakers. His collection numbered into the hundreds until one day, he had a stroke of insight and decided to give them all away to needy folks. Hav-A-Sole ( was born and today the non-profit helps hundreds of homeless and needy people with distributing for free, new and gently used shoes.As an official non-profit Hav-A-Sole has been the recipient of donations from individuals and corporations, of single pairs of shoes, and truckloads. Rikki and his team have traveled the states giving out shoes to those in need. Hav-A-Sole is the beneficiary of corporate largesse from companies like Nike, LA Sparks, LA Rams, The Bike Shop, Saucony, Montage Hotels, Fleet Fee, Indiana Pacers and many others.Currently Hav-A-Sole is a finalist in the January 2020 Lakers Youth Foundation YOU Grant Contest. They need our help to win a $5,000 grant to continue the good work they do. Rikki and Wendy are hometown angels and we can help push Hav-A-Sole to the top with your votes. All you have to do is go here: ( and place a vote for Hav-A-Sole.While you’re online you should also head over to Amazon and buy two copies of Mother Load – one for yourself and one to give away – and I know you’re going to want to share this wonderful book with a family or friend who needs to hear a redemption story.David Pisarra is a Los Angeles Divorce and Child Custody Lawyer specializing in Father’s and Men’s Rights with the Santa Monica firm of Pisarra & Grist. He welcomes your questions and comments. He can be reached at [email protected] or 310/664-9969. You can follow him on Twitter @davidpisarraTags :smdp columnWhat’s the Point?share on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentTrump’s lawyers urge dismissal of ‘flimsy’ impeachment caseCommunity joins local coalition to celebrate MLKYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoColumnsOpinionYour Column HereBring Back Library ServicesGuest Author12 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor17 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press17 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press17 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson17 hours agolast_img read more

Lineage Logistics buys US perishables specialist Preferred Freezer Services

first_img“Bringing their first-class management team, deep industry experience and network of strategically located facilities into our organisation will enable us to provide best-in-class service offerings for customers worldwide.”Preferred operates 41 cold store facilities in the US, as well two facilities in Shanghai and one in Ho Chin Minh City. Annual revenues are around $350m. Lineage’s existing network covers the US, UK, Belgium and the Netherlands.“We always knew that bringing these two companies together would reinforce our vision to be the most dynamic temperature-controlled company in the industry,” said Kevin Marchetti, co-founder and managing partner of Bay Grove, the principal investment firm backing Lineage.“This transaction will equip Lineage with the global reach and innovation capabilities that will fuel the next chapter of the company’s growth and we are excited to have them on board,” he added.Lineage said the acquisition would increase its ability to invest in next-generation technologies, and after the deal completes, it will have 17 automated facilities with over 800,000 automated pallet positions, “including the two largest automated facilities in the world and an accelerating strategy to bring the most sophisticated automated solutions to meet ever growing customer demands and complexity”.The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of this yearLineage’s most recent previous acquisition was UK-based Yearsley in November, which saw it add a network of 12 cold stores serviced by 300 vehicles. ID 117686707 © Calvin L. Leake | Private equity-backed food logistics specialist Lineage Logistics is to acquire US perishables warehouse operator Preferred Freezer Services, for an undisclosed amount.The deal will see Lineage control 1.3bn cu ft of temperature-controlled capacity across more than 200 facilities in North America, Europe and Asia.“At present, Lineage and Preferred have highly complementary real estate and customer bases, making their combination a strategic expansion into new markets and new service offerings,” a statement said.“We are thrilled to welcome Preferred into the Lineage family of companies,” said Greg Lehmkuhl, president and chief executive of Lineage.center_img By Gavin van Marle 26/02/2019last_img read more