Current Affairs- 19th July 2020


  1. Number of confirmed Coronavirus cases
    worldwide surpasses 14.2 Million: – The countries from the
    US to South Africa to Australia are struggling to hold down rising
    cases of the coronavirus, as global deaths from COVID-19 surged
    past 601,549 in a sign of how far off the world remains from a
    return to normalcy.
    The United States tops the list with 140,119 deaths, followed by
    78,772 in Brazil and 45,358 in the United Kingdom and 38,888 in
    The number of confirmed infections worldwide has passed 14.2
    million, out of which 3.7 million are in the United States.
  2. Health Ministry issues guidelines for gated
    residential complexes to set up COVID care facilities: –
    The Health Ministry has released guidelines for gated residential
    complexes that wish to set up small COVID care facilities in their
    premises. The guidelines said, the COVID care facility will be a
    dedicated health facility for management of suspect,
    asymptomatic, pre-symptomatic and very mild cases of Corona
  3. ICMR to conduct study to evaluate effectiveness of
    BCG vaccine in preventing morbidity and mortality in
    elderly: – The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) will
    conduct a study to evaluate the effectiveness of the BCG vaccine
    in preventing morbidity and mortality due to COVID-19 in
    elderly individuals. The study will be conducted on people aged
    between 60 to 95 years of age living in COVID-19 hotspots in the
  4. AIIMS panel gives nod for human clinical trials of
    indigenous vaccine candidate COVAXIN: – The AIIMS
    Ethics Committee has given its nod for a human clinical trial of
    the indigenously developed COVID-19 vaccine candidate
    COVAXIN. AIIMS is likely to begin the exercise by enrolling
    healthy volunteers from Monday.
    AIIMS-Delhi is among the 12 sites selected by the Indian Council
    for Medical Research for conducting phase I and II human trials
    of COVAXIN. In phase I, the vaccine would be tested on 375
    volunteers and the maximum of 100 of them would be from


  1. Govt to come up with data protection law soon in
    the country says Ravi Shankar Prasad: – Union Law and
    Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said
    that India will not tolerate Data Imperialism. He asserted that
    Citizens’ Data belongs to the community and the country. The
    Minister exhorted that the government will never compromise on
    the sovereignty of the data.
    Mr. Prasad informed that the Centre will soon bring in a data
    protection law in the country and a select committee of
    Parliament is already examining the matter.
  2. CIPET gets accreditation by NABL to test PPE
    kits: – Central Institute of Petrochemicals Engineering and
    Technology, CIPET an apex level premium institute under the
    Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers has been accredited by
    National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration
    Laboratories NABL for Testing and Certification of PPE Kit.
    The PPE kit includes Gloves, Coverall, Face Shield, Goggles
    and Triple Layer Medical masks in line with International Standards.


  1. Ministry of External Affairs appreciates
    Afghanistan govt. and tribal elders for securing return
    of Nidan Singh Sachdeva: -Mr. Nidan Singh Sachdeva, a
    leader of the Hindu and Sikh Community of Afghanistan, was
    kidnapped from Chamkani district of Paktia province on 22nd
    June. He was released from captivity today. India has conveyed
    appreciation to the Afghanistan government and tribal elders
    whose efforts secured the return of Nidan Singh.


  1. India Business Council to host 2020 India Ideas
    Summit on July 22: – India Business Council will host the
    2020 India Ideas Summit on July 22nd. The Summit convenes
    business and government leaders for discussions on the future of
    the U.S.-India Partnership and the trends shaping globalization,
    trade and investment, and the future of work in the COVID-era
    and beyond.

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