New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Union Health Ministry on Thursday in a letter to States and Union Territories has asked to make Mucormycosis or black fungus a notifiable disease under the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897. Under this, all government and private health facilities, medical colleges will follow guidelines for screening, diagnosis, management of mucormycosis, issued by the union health ministry and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

In the letter, the Ministry states, “The treatment of this fungal infection requires multidisciplinary approach consisting of Eye Surgeons, ENT specialists, General Surgeon, Neurosurgeon, Dental Maxillofacial surgeon etc. and institution of Amphotericin B as an antifungal medicine. You are requested to make mucormycosis a notifiable disease under Epidemic Diseases Act 1897.”

Here are the LIVE Updates of May 20:

4:35 pm: More of Rapid Antigen Tests should be done because you can get results rapidly and then isolate the patient quickly: Dr Balram Bhargava, DG, ICMR

4:00 pm: 25 O2 concentrators to be provided to each Dist with more no. of COVID cases. At present, positivity rate is at 27%. Rs.50,000 advance to be provided to all gram panchayats. Village task force committee to utilise this fund to shift patients to care centres: Karnataka Health Min

3:45 pm: 8 states in the country have more than 1 lakh active cases, 9 states have between 50,000-1 lakh active cases and 19 states have less than 50,000 active cases: Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Union Health Ministry

3:30 pm: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee writes to PM Modi, “requesting him to arrange vaccines for priority sectors Central govt employees like those working in Railways, Airports, Ports, Defence, Banks, Insurance, Post & Telegraph, Coal & similar other sectors” without any further delay.

3:00 pm: Delhi reports 3231 new #COVID19 cases, 7831 recoveries and 233 deaths Total cases: 14,09,950 Total recoveries: 13,47,157 Death Toll: 22,579 Active cases: 40,214

2:30 pm: We’ve to keep our test positivity rate low & keep changing our strategies all the time. No one formula will take care of this virus. Public support & education is most important: Dr Naveet Wig, Chairperson COVID-19 task force AIIMS

2:00 pm: All Govt & pvt health facilities, medical colleges to follow guidelines for screening, diagnosis, management of mucormycosis, issued by MoHFW & ICMR: Union Health Ministry

1:50 pm: Union Health Ministry urged States to make mucormycosis a notifiable disease under the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897

1:40 pm: This COVID pandemic is the most serious in living memory but it should be seen as recurring challenge not as a one of. It demands international cooperation on a scale that could not have been conceived of earlier. No national capacity however large is adequate: EAM Dr Jaishankar

1:32 pm: We have reported 4 cases of Black fungus in the state: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee

1:27 pm: Though the rate of vaccination is low in Bengal but our positivity rate is reducing. The fatality rate is at 0.9%: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee

1:20 pm: It takes 2 minutes to conduct test & 15 minutes to get result. It will be available by end of next week in more than 7 lakh pharmacies & our online pharmacy partners across India. Our target is to reach 90% pin code in India: Sujeet Jain, Director of Mylab Discovery Solutions

1:10 pm: Dedicated treatment centres for #BlackFungus will be set up in Delhi’s LNJP, GTB and Rajiv Gandhi Hospitals: Delhi Chief Minister’s Officer

1:00 pm: There is an issue of vaccine wastage. Wasting even a single dose means not being able to give shield to a life. It is important to stop vaccine wastage: PM Modi

12:50 pm: Health Ministry is providing information to the states regarding vaccines for 15 days. Vaccine supply will help you in managing vaccination timelines: PM Modi

12:40 pm: Coronavirus has made your work more demanding and challenging. In the midst of new challenges, we need new strategies & solutions. It becomes important to use local experiences & we need to work together as a country: PM Modi interacts with District officials of 10 states

12:00 pm: Delhi High Court asks Principal Secretary-Health, Delhi Govt to examine on the issue of price cap on hospital rates as several hospitals and nursing homes have been converted into COVID19 facilities. HC asks Delhi Govt to apprise the court of its decision on this on Monday

11:30 am: India’s daily recoveries continue to outnumber the daily new cases for the seventh consecutive day. 3,69,077 recoveries were registered in the last 24 hours. National recovery rate has grown further to touch 86.74%: Union Health Ministry

11:10 am: Even one infected person showing no symptoms can release enough droplets to create a “viral load” that can infect many others: Office of Principal Scientific Adviser to GoI

10:55 am: Droplets fall within 2 meters from an infected person: Office of Principal Scientific Adviser to GoI

10:36 am: PM Modi will interact with the DMs and field officials of 10 States-Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha, Puducherry, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh today.

10:20 am: Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokriyal Nishank will hold a virtual meeting with directors of IITs, NITs, IISER & IISCs today on COVID19 management, online learning and latest status of implementation of the NEP 2020

10:10 am: Our sampling was almost above 35,000 (on May 18). The Covid testing rate at present is double the national average in the state: Uttarakhand Health Secy Dr Amit Negi said yesterday

10:00 am: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee will participate in a meeting called by PM Modi today. Chief Secretary, Health Secretary along with DM’s of nine districts will also be participating in the meeting virtually.

9:55 am: The advisory highlights the important role well-ventilated spaces play in diluting the viral load of infected air in poorly ventilated houses, offices etc. Ventilation can decrease the risk of transmission from one infected person to the other.

9:50 am: Office of Principal Scientific Adviser to GoI issued a guideline to “Stop the Transmission, Crush the Pandemic – Masks, distance, sanitation and ventilation to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2 virus”

9:45 am: 32,23,56,187 samples tested for #COVID19 up to 19th May 2021. Of these, 20,55,010 samples were tested yesterday: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)

9:30 am: India reports 2,76,070 new #COVID19 cases, 3,69,077 discharges & 3,874 deaths in last 24 hrs, as per Health Ministry. Total cases: 2,57,72,400 Total discharges: 2,23,55,440 Death toll: 2,87,122 Active cases: 31,29,878 Total vaccination: 18,70,09,792

9:10 am: Fungal infection Mucormycosis is declared as notifiable disease under Epidemic Diseases Act 1897: Govt of Telangana

9:00 am: Kerala: Security personnel deployed check vehicular pass in Thiruvananthapuram, in wake of triple lockdown imposed in 4 districts of the state

8:45 am: “He made noteworthy contributions to further social empowerment,” tweets PM Modi on the demise of Former Rajasthan CM Jagannath Pahadia

8:30 am: Former Chief Minister of Rajasthan Jagannath Pahadia passed away due to #COVID19. “I’m very shocked by his demise. He served the country as Governor & union minister too & he was among one of the veteran leaders in the country,” tweeted Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot

7:45 am: Ladakh reported 134 new #COVID19 cases and one death on Wednesday, taking total cases to 1,589.

7:32 am: Mizoram reported 192 new positive cases on Wednesday; total active cases at 2,143, total cases at 9,444 and total deaths at 30.

7:25 am: In this regard, POFMA Office has to issue general correction directions to Facebook, Twitter and SPH Magazines Pte Ltd. All of them are required to carry the correction notice to all end-users in Singapore: Ministry of Health (MoH), Singapore

7:13 am: Existence & spread of the B.1.617.2 variant within India predates detection of the variant in Singapore, and this has been publicly known and reported by various media sources from as early as 5 May 2021: Singapore MoH stated in corrections & clarifications section on its website

7:00 am: In view of a false statement over new COVID variant originating in Singapore and/or risks spreading to India, office of Protection from Online Falsehoods & Manipulation Act(POFMA) is directed to issue correction directions to social media platforms: Ministry of Health, Singapore

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