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Daily GK Updates - 23rd March 2020 Current Affairs

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Daily GK Updates – 23rd March 2020 Current Affairs

1. 80 cities under complete lockdown till March 31

Several states/ UTs have imposed ‘complete lockdown’ across India to tackle the rising number of COVID-19 cases including Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Telangana, Pondicherry, Ladakh and Himachal Pradesh.

As per reports, over 80 cities have announced complete lockdown, as the government prepares to break the chain of coronavirus spread. Delhi has sealed off its border and suspended all public transport including taxis, autos and Delhi metro till March 31st to keep people inside their homes.

The Indian railways also announced the suspension of its service throughout the nation. Many states including Delhi have also imposed Section 144 to stop people from crowding together.

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Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) is the name given to the 2019 novel coronavirus. COVID-19 is the name given to the disease associated with the virus. SARS-CoV-2 is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans

 

2. World Happiness Report 2020

India was at a dismal 144 rank of total 156 nations surveyed on the World Happiness Report 2020.

Finland was once again crowned as the world’s happiest country, extending its lead over Denmark and Switzerland.

The data used to compile this ranking was collected in the years 2018 and 2019. Afghanistan ranked lowest among 153 countries, with South Sudan and Zimbabwe just above it.

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The World Happiness Report is an annual survey by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations

 

3. US FDA approves first rapid ‘point-of-care’ test for coronavirus

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a coronavirus diagnostic test that can be conducted entirely at the point-of-care and can deliver results in 45 minutes.

US Health and Human Services Secretary, Alex Azar said the test will be able to provide results within hours, rather than days like the existing tests.

Developed by California-based company Cepheid, the test would help fast identification of infected people and quickly start treating them and their quarantine.

Point-of-care testing means results are delivered to patients in the patient care settings, like hospitals, urgent care centres and emergency rooms, instead of samples being sent to a laboratory.

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US Capital: Washington, President: Donald Trump

 

4. Govt has fixed prices for face masks & sanitizers in light of COVID – 19 outbreak

The government has fixed the prices for face masks and sanitizers in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. Under the essential commodities act, no extra charges can be levied on the fabric used for manufacturing of face masks.

Government is keeping a close watch on the prices of every essential commodity.

He informed that the two and three layered mask would cost 8 and 10 rupees respectively while a two hundred milli-litre bottle of hand sanitiser is priced at 100 rupees. The prices would remain the same till 30th June this year.

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Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) is the name given to the 2019 novel coronavirus. COVID-19 is the name given to the disease associated with the virus. SARS-CoV-2 is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans.

 

5. Govt constitutes high level committee for prevention & control of COVID-19

The government has constituted a high level technical committee of Public Health Experts for COVID-19 to guide the prevention and control activities in the country.

The 21 member committee will be headed by NITI Aayog member Dr V K Paul, Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan and Director General Indian Council of Medical Research are the Co-Chair.

Besides, Director AIIMS, Dr. Randeep Guleria, Director of National Centre for Disease Control, Delhi Dr Sujeet Singh, Director of Institute of Infectious Diseases, Pune Dr Sanjay Pujari and Additional Chief Secretary of Kerala Dr Rajan Khobragade are among the members of the Task Force.

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Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) is the name given to the 2019 novel coronavirus. COVID-19 is the name given to the disease associated with the virus. SARS-CoV-2 is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans.

 

6. World Down Syndrome Day: 21 March

World Down Syndrome Day is observed every year on March 21. It is observed in order to raise awareness among people about Down Syndrome and educate people about this disorder.

According to the United Nations, every year 3,000 to 5,000 children are born with this chromosome disorder called Down syndrome. Down Syndrome occurs when an individual is born with an extra partial copy of chromosome 21.

Down syndrome commonly results in variable effects on learning styles, health, and even physical characteristics. World Down Syndrome day 2020 theme is “We Decide”.

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Secretary General: António Guterres; Headquarters: New York, United States
Founded: 24 October 1945