Ministers hold 2nd meet to review coronavirus preparedness


New Delhi, Feb 13 | A Group of Ministers (GoM) formed to review, monitor and evaluate the preparedness and steps taken to prevent and tackle novel coronavirus cases in the country held its second meeting here on Thursday.

The GoM, set up on the directions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reviewed the preparedness to deal with the new coronavirus — which emerged in China’s Wuhan city last year and was later renamed by World Health Organisation as COVID-19.

Chaired by Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, the GoM members were apprised of the current status of the three positive cases reported from Kerala as well as the preventive steps taken for the management of COVID-19.

The GoM includes Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, Minister of State for Home Nityananda Rai, Minister of State for Shipping Mansukh Mandaviya, and Minister of State for Health Ashwini Kumar Choubey.

The first GoM meet took place on February 3.

“The GoM was informed about the two quarantine centres housing 645 persons evacuated from Wuhan. The camps are being maintained by the armed forces and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). All inhabitants are medically examined on a daily basis. The GoM was apprised that all the evacuees have tested negative for COVID-2019,” a government statement said.

In addition, the GoM was also briefed that as of today, 2,315 flights have been screened and 2,49,447 passengers covered. Screening of passengers is going on at 21 airports, ports and border crossings, particularly with Nepal.

Universal screening in all flights emanating from Japan and South Korea, besides China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand, have been included, said the statement.

Further, 15,991 people are presently under community surveillance in 34 states and Union Territories, it said.

“Of the 1,671 samples sent for testing, only three were found positive as reported earlier.”

The ICMR’s National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune has been made a nodal centre for coordinating diagnostics for COVID-19, it said, adding 14 regional labs have also been activated, standardized, and are testing the samples.

The GoM was also apprised that adequate material like Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and N95 masks are available and the situation is closely monitored in all the states and Union Territories.

“The preparedness and actions are being reviewed at the highest level everyday by the Union Health Minister and the Cabinet Secretary, in addition to Secretary (HFW). A 24×7 Control Room is also operational (011-23978046),” said the statement.

Meanwhile, Chinese authorities on Thursday informed that the overall death toll due to coronavirus outbreak in that country reached 1,367, with 52,526 confirmed cases, after Hubei province, the epicentre of the epidemic, registered the largest one-day increase in infections and deaths.

Source: IANS

Sponsors Posts

Policybazaar Unveils its new brand campaign "AapKiSideHai"

Policybazaar Unveils its new brand campaign

Akshay Kumar delivers the brand’s promise of always being on the customer’s side

Gurugram, 19th Sept, 2020: (Twitter handle: PolicyBazaar), India’s largest online insurance marketplace with over 10 million customers, showcases its commitment to customers in its new television campaign “AapKiSideHai”. The new ad campaign featuring Policybazaar brand ambassador, Akshay Kumar, highlights the brand’s promise of embracing a holistic customer centric approach while helping to bridge the insurance protection gap in India.

Policybazaar’sAapKiSideHai campaign seeks to reassure its customers on being a dependable Insurance partner for them, every step of the way. The brand has always focused on distributing products like term insurance, health insurance, zero commission ULIP’s and motor insurance that are optimal from a customer perspective. Policybazaar is now extending the brand promise beyond the purchase experience to ensure that consumers get the highest levels of service throughout the policy lifecycle.

The new brand campaign reinforces Policybazaar core value of putting the customer first by delivering on its promise of providing a trusted platform for all types of insurance products. The brand is committed to guiding the customer throughout the insurance journey, starting from recommending the right products at affordable pricing, ensuring thatthe policy issuance process is smooth and fast, and, to providing services and claims assistance when needed.

“While we continue to highlight the importance of Health & Term life Insurance through our marketing campaigns, with the brand promise of Policybazaar AapKiSideHai, we also intend to position Policybazaar as a customer centric brand, that is committed to stand by its customers, both pre and post purchase”, said Samir Sethi, Head of Brand Marketing, The new ad series highlights Policybazaar’s unparalleled support to customers, while providing them with the ease of comparing and buying term and health plans online with guidance at each & every step.

Speaking about the TVC launch, Sharat Dhall, Chief Operating Officer, said, “Our ultimate aim is to provide 360-degree assistance to customers that starts from when the policy is bought, to provide assistance when the claim is paid out, should such a situation arise. Winning and maintaining customer trust is a strong ethos within the company and this campaign reflects that. At a time when the world is grappling with a crisis like no other, the brand intends to instill confidence in the customers’ buying decisions by assuring them protection of their futures with the right insurance products & thorough assistance throughout the journey.”

The new brand campaign in its series displays moments of indecision that people may have while investing in protection products. It addresses these queries &emphasizes the importance of nurturing a bond with the consumers thereby creating customer delight.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here