| New Delhi |
Published: April 1, 2020 1:26:37 am
The DRDO laboratory in Gwalior is testing N95 masks after receiving samples from bulk producers by way of items prepare drivers because the nation prepares to mass-produce protecting gear for medical workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 outbreak.
As per authorities estimates, 2.four crore N95 masks shall be wanted as much as June amid rising infections and this important transportation has come by a collaboration between Indian Railways and the Textiles Ministry. Not taking probabilities with high quality, the defence lab has beesn pressed into service and it has to date obtained samples from producers in Ludhiana, Delhi and Ambala.
“No one wants to take any chances with the quality. So we had been given standards, based on which we have made the prototype and now they have been sent for testing. We are awaiting results,” mentioned Ashwani Garg of Pious Textiles in Ludhiana, which may produce round 3,000 masks per day.
Sample packs carrying a few masks are handed over to coach drivers who go them on to station functionaries in Gwalior who then present them to DRDO officers.
Government officers mentioned that stringent testing can also be wanted for physique fits for which the federal government is working with a projected requirement of 1.5 crore items as much as June and that there may be “no room for error in quality”.
“There has been feedback from medical professionals that body suit is vital even while treating non-corona patients to protect themselves against asymptomatic transmission. We are looking at huge numbers based on our projection,” mentioned a senior authorities official engaged on the venture.
The Textiles Ministry has sounded out all the most important gamers and is pulling samples by strict testing protocol. The DRDO testing is along with its testing regime on the South India Textile Research Association in Coimbatore.
With a lockdown in place, sending samples to labs has been a problem. “It was discussed that this is a vital transportation need, and taking the road was practically not possible. So the solution worked out was that since our goods trains now run as fast as mail/express trains, we could help send those packages through our drivers,” mentioned a senior railway official.
Govt advises farmers to delay wheat harvest
New Delhi: Amid the lockdown due the outbreak of COVID-19, the federal government has suggested farmers to delay wheat harvesting until April 20.
Issuing an advisory on Tuesday, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), which comes underneath the Agriculture Ministry, mentioned, “The temperature in the most of wheat growing areas is still below long-term average and therefore likely to delay wheat harvesting… farmers can delay wheat harvesting till April 20 without incurring any significant loss…”
The advisory additional mentioned, “Amidst the threat of COVID-19 spread, the rabi crops are approaching maturity… farmers are to follow precautions and safety measures to be taken to prevent the disease spread.”
The advisory comes at a time when wheat harvesting has already began in a number of elements of the nation. —ENS
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