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Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaido calls for mass protests to overthrow Maduro

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Number of National Guardsman, Guaido claims, have sided with the opposition to overthrow the Nicolas Maduro regime injuring hundreds of protestors and civilians in the protests on Tuesday. It is one of many such attempts by opposition since January.
Nicholas Maduro is recognized as President by China, Russia, Turkey and a handful of more nations whereas Mr. Guaido is considered as interim president by USA, UK and most of the Latin American countries totalling support of around 50 nations around the globe.

But in a defiant TV address, last night, Venezuelan president Maduro claimed ‘victory’ thwarting the attempted coup against him. The access to social media, streaming and messaging services was restored across Venezuela just minutes prior to Maduro speech following day of internet disruption.

“They failed in their plan. They failed in their call, because the people of Venezuela want peace. We will continue to emerge victorious … in the months and years ahead. I have no doubt about it”, Mr Maduro said in a n hourlong address to the nation in which he was flanked by top military officials around him, contradicting Mr Guaido’s claim atleast for now.

Venezuela National Guard armoured vehicle drives into protesters injuring scores.

The development comes after Juan Guaido declared the ‘final phase’ of operation to topple Venezuela’s Maduro. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed that Maduro was preparing to leave the country just when he was prevented to do so due to Russian intervention.
“He had an airplane on the tarmac, he was ready to leave this morning as we understand it and the Russians indicated he should stay”, Pompeo said in an interview with CNN. “He was headed for Havana”, he further added. However he provided no concrete source for the information and his claims could not be verified independently.

In between the developments US President Donald Trump tweeted he was monitoring the situation “very closely” followed by series of other tweets threatening the regime.

Meanwhile US FAA banned all the low flights operating in Venezuelan air space reported news agency Reuters.

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Vande Bharat Mission: 169 people to come back from Dhaka

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After the launch of the mission “Vande Bharat”, the Vande Bharat flight is all set to bring 169 people from Dhaka to Kolkata. The special flight will be of Air India. They will bring people on Monday, say media reports.

 

Since a large number of people from West Bengal are in Bangladesh, the High Commission of India in Dhaka will identify those who want to back to India with genuine reasons and will be given priority. The first flight to Kolkata had 73 students, 16 elderly people, 45 stranded tourists, 16 medical emergency cases and 1 pregnant woman.

 

People who are coming back will put under quarantine. Only after that, they will go back to their homes across 20 districts. The Ministry of External Affairs had on Thursday announced that it is ready to facilitate flights if the West Bengal government announces quarantine facilities to the people coming back.

 

The people will not only be back from Dhaka only but from the other states of Bangladesh.

 

Earlier 168 people were bought back home from Chicago and USA under this mission. The flight landed on Hyderabad International Airport on Sunday. All arriving passengers were sanitised properly at the International Arrivals.

 

One flight on 16 May landed on the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport oh Hyderabad. This flight came from Newark, New Jersey and had around 121 people. India started this mission on May 7,2020 in the third phase of lockdown to bring the people in crisis to their homes back.

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World Bank announces $1 Billion to rekindle the Indian economy

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The World Bank has announced USD 1 billion to India to combat the after effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Friday. The total commitment from the world bank to provide assistance to the poor and vulnerable in India has added up to USD 2 billion as the World Bank announced assistance of USD 1 billion to India last month.

The bank said that the focus of this fund will be to enable India to integrate all of its 400-plus society security schemes at a technology level.

“The project will be crucial to rebalance social security towards urban poor, as much as rural.  I think PMs ‘Atma nirbhar mission’ is very important in terms of directions and India is not making distinction between life and livelihoods in the aftermath of Covid-19,”” said Junaid Ahmad, country director, World Bank.

India was the largest beneficiary of the first wave of programme with a facility for US $1 billion.

Shrayana Bhattacharya, senior World Bank official said, “The World Bank said the support in collaboration with the government is aimed at integrating platforms so that people should not have to run around from one place to another to access a myriad of social schemes.

The deadly virus had caused several countries to announce a nationwide lockdown. India, with one of the largest lockdowns, has been severely impacted. It resulted in bringing the economic activities to a grinding halt, a huge percentage of the population now lack job opportunities especially in the informal sector. They have no source of income.

Out of the USD 1 billion commitment, USD 550 million will be financed by a credit from the International Development Association (IDA) – the World Bank’s concessionary lending arm and USD 200 million will be a loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), with a final maturity of 18.5 years including a grace period of five years. The remaining USD 250 million will be made available after June 30, 2020.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a Rs 20 lakh crore support package on Tuesday for boosting the economy as this will help to mitigate the damage caused by the lockdown which was announced to prevent further transmission of coronavirus.

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Vizag LG polymers gas leakage, Rs 1 crore each to be given to kin of those killed.

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Vizag experienced a horrifying incident at 3AM on Thursday when gas leaked from the LG polymers industry at RR Venkatapuram near Naiduthota area close to Gopalapatna . Reports state that 11 people, including two senior citizens and an 8-year-old girl, died and nearly 5,000 people fell sick due to the harmful chemical substances.

At around 3AM the locals panicked as they had difficulty in breathing and some even complained of rashes on their body. As the matter came to light, the local police rushed them to the hospitals. People were found unconscious on the roads.

PM Narendra Modi chaired a meeting with the Union home ministry and the National Disaster Management Authority to know the status of the prevailing situation.

The AP government has said that the official machinery has taken charge of the situation by evacuating people from the affected area. He claimed that it is under control now. the PM also called the AP CM and enquired about the situation. The CM told

A specialized chemical called PTBC will be sent in from Gujrat to Vishakhapatnam to help neutralize the effects of the gas leak, a Gujarat government official said. This chemical, used to reduce the effects of gas leak, is manufactured only in Vapi, Gujarat, and will be sent on an urgent basis.

The AP chief minister, Y.S Jaganmohan Reddy visited the KGH hospital in the city where most of the affected patients have been admitted. The AP government has also announced that Rupees 1 Crore will be given each to the kin of those who were killed.

Meanwhile, the DGP, Damodar Goutam Sawang, said that this gas leak at the chemical plant was by accident and that they were strictly following the necessary protocols. An investigation team and a forensic team has been sent to the spot.

The effects of the gas leakage could be felt in areas within 3km-radius. In areas like Santoshnagar, located more than 2km’s away from the chemical factory, residents fell unconscious. Around 6AM the police intervened and asked the residents to relocate as they complained of vomiting and breathlessness.

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NASA – Developed Ventilator Approved by FDA for Emergency Use 

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NASA gave another public statement on May 1, 2020, affirming that the new high-pressure ventilator developed by NASA engineers to treat coronavirus (COVID-19) patients was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use under the FDA’s March 24 ventilator Emergency Use Authorization.

Called VITAL (Ventilator Intervention Technology Accessible Locally), the device was developed by engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Southern California to free up the nation’s limited supply of traditional ventilators so they may be used on patients with the most severe COVID-19 symptoms.

“This FDA authorization is a key milestone in a process that exemplifies the best of what government can do in a time of crisis,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.

The Office of Technology Transfer and Corporate Partnerships at Caltech, which manages JPL for NASA, is offering a free licence for VITAL and is reaching out to the commercial medical industry.

“Now that we have a design, we’re working to pass the baton to the medical community, and ultimately patients, as quickly as possible,” said Fred Farina, chief innovation and corporate partnerships officer at Caltech. “To that end, we are offering the designs for licensing on a royalty-free basis during the time of the pandemic.”

Prior to the FDA’s review, the VITAL prototype passed a critical test April 21 at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. VITAL poses several benefits in the national response to COVID-19. Battling the infection and treating patients during this unprecedented global pandemic requires innovative approaches and action. It can be built faster and maintained more easily than a traditional ventilator, and is composed of far fewer parts, many of which are currently available to potential manufacturers through existing supply chains. Its flexible design means it also can be modified for use in field hospitals being set up in convention centres, hotels and other high-capacity facilities across the country and around the globe.

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China reported Wuhan has low risk of Covid-19

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China reported Wuhan has low risk of Covid-19

China has now announced that Wuhan has now the low risk of Coronavirus epicenter, after this announcement the death rate of the city was 50 percent while 16 new Covid-19 cases reported in the country according to health officials On Sunday.

The cities and districts of China have not reported any new confirmed cases in the last 14 days which lead to categorizing it in a Low-risk according to the risk criteria defined in a guideline issued by China’s State Council.

Those areas which have fewer than 50 cases or over with 50 cases but without concentrated outbreak are reported in the mid- risk area. But on the other hand, those areas which have more than 50 cases, as well as a concentrated outbreak, will be reported as high-risk areas.

On Sunday 16 new Coronavirus cases confirmed by China’s National Health Commission (NHC) whereas on Saturday 9 imported and seven local transmission cases reported. The death rate was stable at 4,632 no new death from this virus reported on Saturday.

On Saturday in China, the confirmed cases were reached at 82,735  including 1,041 patients who were still being recovering 77,062 people who were discharged after recovery and 4,632 people who died due to virus the total number of imported cases climbed to 1,575 the NHC said.

The NHC further said that another 44 cases of asymptomatic were reported on Saturday,  999 asymptomatic cases, including 186 from abroad, were still under observation.

Asymptomatic is a kind of virus in which people get positive in Corona but develop no symptoms such as fever, cough or sore throat.

In December last year Wuhan, was the first to emerged coronavirus and spread to the world like wildfire. Now it has been classified as a low-risk area after the 11 million people test positive in a city-state due to this virus reported by  Xinhua news agency.

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WHO dispatches wellbeing alert on WhatsApp over COVID-19 pandemic

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WHO dispatches wellbeing alert on WhatsApp over COVID-19 pandemic

The World Health Organization (WHO) has made a wellbeing alert on WhatsApp to keep individuals mindful and refreshed about the coronavirus pandemic and battle falsehood.

Facebook originator Mark Zuckerberg reported the proceed onward his web-based life stage and said that they have cooperated with the WHO to get “definitive data” about coronavirus sent straightforwardly to one’s WhatsApp account.

WhatsApp, the world’s most broadly utilized informing administration, in possessed by Facebook.

As per Zuckerberg, “With WHO Health Alerts, you can get their everyday circumstance report, which has the most recent quantities of cases by nation around the globe, just as tips on the best way to secure yourself, and answers to as often as possible posed inquiries that you can without much of a stretch send to loved ones.”

Here’s the manner by which you can check WHO wellbeing alert in regards to CORONAVIRUS on WhatsApp

To get all data from WHO on WhatsApp, one needs to spare the number +41 79 893 1892 on their telephone contacts and just content ‘Hey’ to begin.

The informing administration takes into account just about 2 billion individuals and permits the WHO to give data straightforwardly to the individuals who are needing it.

WhatsApp, which had prior made a coronavirus data centre point whatsapp.com/coronavirus, will currently have the connection to the WHO Health Alert also.

The WhatsApp Coronavirus Information Hub was propelled in association with the United Nations Development Program, the World Health Organization and UNICEF.

The coronavirus pandemic has spread to upwards of 185 nations around the globe has just influenced more than 2,50,000 individuals and killed more than 10,000.

In December 2019 coronavirus or covid 19 outbreak was first recorded in China. But now Europe is considered as the center of the pandemic.

In Italy – where the infection has killed a larger number of individuals than in some other nation – the loss of life rose by 627 on Friday, arriving at a sum of 4,032, making it the deadliest day for one nation since the episode started.

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Coronavirus Travel Advice: Measures to Protect Yourself From Coronavirus While Travelling

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Coronavirus Travel Advice: Measures to Protect Yourself From Coronavirus While Travelling

Coronavirus Travel Advice: The Centre of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has also issued travel advise, cautioning people travelling to other countries or those countries which are having Corona Virus patients put on level-1 alert and appealing them to avoid non-essential travel in those countries. High-risk countries like China, South Korea, Iran, Italy have been tagged level-3, which is by far, the highest.
Coronavirus symptoms start off with simply through cold and then serve big problem like respiratory infections, pneumonia and kidney infections. Try to Avoid travelling to infection-laden areas is your best bet to protect against Coronavirus if you cannot restrict, change or avoid travelling altogether.

Here are a few preventive measures given by expert which help you to keep yourself safe while travelling.

Coronavirus Travel Advice

Wash your Hand

A basic hygiene habit is washing your hands rigorously can lessen the risk of infection spread. When you travel, you come in contact with a lot of places and things which can be a breeding house for germs. While many use a sanitizer, remember, they can only act as a backup and not replace the effectiveness of handwashing. It is recommended that you wash your hands under hot water for a minimum of 20-30 seconds to kill germs.

Use Quality food and water

When you are travelling to unknown places, you can’t be fully sure of the quality or purity of food and water. It might also happen that your stomach bacteria might not react well to the local produce. Hence, you should be particularly aware of food contamination of any kind.

Avoid contact with animals and poultry

Since coronavirus infections spread primarily through the poultry market, ensure that any food you consume while you travel is thoroughly cooked, not raw and goes through quality checks. Avoid eating any product which is left exposed for a long time. Be wary of coming in contact with live animals and poultry.

Also Read (Coronavirus Kills First Patient Outside China)

Consult with your Doc before travelling

Although there is no available vaccine available for COVID-19, getting vital flu and infection shots are a good way to lower your chances of developing or catching a common cold, flu and influenza viruses which are all linked to the spread of coronavirus infection and reduce the risk of respiratory infections as well. If you are travelling internationally, consult your healthcare professional for necessary travel advice.

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President Donald Trump and PM Narendra Modi major agreements

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After a first day vist of US President Donald Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump were accorded a ceremonial reception by President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. Following this, the Trumps went to Raj Ghat to pay their respects to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. Trump and Modi later met at Hyderabad House for a round of restricted dialogue as well as delegation-level talks. Both the heads of states issued a joint press statement. Here are some of the highlights from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump’s address to media.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed”.

  • Terrorism: “Today, the deal on internal security will further strengthen this cooperation. We’ve bolstered efforts to ensure the perpetrators of terrorism take the blame,” said Modi.
  • Defence ties: “Today we discussed every aspect of the US-India partnership, be it defence and security, energy strategic partnership, trade or people to people ties. The strengthening in defence ties between India and US is an important aspect of our partnership.”
  • Growth in bilateral trade: “Our bilateral trade has witnessed double digit growth in the last three years, and has also become more balanced.”
  • Indians leading US firms: “Indo-US partnership,innovation and enterprise is establishing new milestones for Industry 4.0 and other emerging technologies of the 21st century. The talent of Indian professionals has emboldened the technological leadership of American companies.”
  • India-US trade deal: “We’ve also agreed to start negotiations on a massive trade deal. We hope that we will get positive results, benefitting both. At the global level, our relationship is depended on the similar democratic values we share.”

“What US President Donald Trump said to Media”.

  • $3 billion deal: “Earlier today we expanded our defence cooperation with agreements for India to purchase more than $3 billion of advanced American military equipment, including Apache & MH-60 Romeo Helicopters – finest in the world. These will enhance our joint defence capabilities”
  • Islamic terrorism: “We have agreed to cooperate in dealing with radical Islamic terrorism and protect our citizens. We are resolved to eliminate terror operations on Pakistan soil.”
  • 5G network: “During our visit we discussed the importance of a secure 5G wireless network and the need for this emerging technology to be a tool for freedom, progress, prosperity, not to do anything with where it could be even conceived as a conduit for suppression and censorship.”
  • On the welcome the Trumps received in India: “Melania and I have been awed by the majesty of India and the exceptional generosity and kindness of the Indian people. We will always remember the magnificent welcome the citizens of your home state (of PM Modi) showed us upon arrival.”
  • On increasing US exports to India: “Our teams have made tremendous progress for a comprehensive trade agreement & I’m optimistic we can reach a deal of great importance to both countries. Since I took office, US exports to India are up nearly 60% & exports of high quality American energy have grown by 500%.

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India, Portugal Signed 14 agreements to boost cooperation

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India and Portugal on Friday exchanged 14 agreements and understandings in a number of key areas, including maritime, intellectual property rights, aerospace and scientific research, as President Ram Nath Kovind hosted his Portuguese counterpart.
Kovind received Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on his first state visit to India.

Kovind said “Portugal-India relations are very special and the two countries enjoy 500 years of shared history”. “The two countries are closely tied together through Goa and Mumbai, through our culture, language and kinship,” he said.

Kovind thanked Portugal for extending its support for the commemoration of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary.

The president said the “India-Portugal bilateral agenda has expanded several folds. The two countries are collaborating in science and technology, defence, education, innovation and start-up, water and environment among other things”.

Calling terrorism a grave threat to the entire world, Kovind said, “We should deepen our cooperation further to defeat and destroy this global menace.”

India told a high-level event on peacekeeping that working in partnerships is key to successful peacekeeping, underlining that professional competence of those engaged in all aspects of this global enterprise cannot be substituted or compromised.
India along with Portugal, Senegal, Uruguay and Vietnam co-hosted the high-level event Improving peacekeeping performance: A year since UNSCR 2436′ initiated by the US here Friday.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres thanked the US and the event’s co-hosts, India, Portugal, Senegal, Uruguay and Vietnam, for convening the event and for their support to United Nations peacekeeping operations.

India believes that even while broad participation in peacekeeping is important to enhance global solidarity, there can be no substitute for professional competence of those engaged in all aspects of this global enterprise, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin said in his address at the event. Working in partnerships is key to successful peacekeeping.

He stressed that guidelines require that the Peacekeeping Capability Readiness System (PCRS) should be the sole mechanism for the selection of a military or police unit for deployment.

A diversity in terms of deployment needs is understandable, and some variations are inevitable. However, choices and selections need to be made from within the same spectrum of options, he said, adding that those not part of the PCRS are best avoided.

Akbaruddin also highlighted that in selection, units without caveats should have precedence over units pledged with caveats, as these will not tie down the hands of Force Commander in operational decisions.

In short, we need to have a selection policy’ that is a natural extension of the PCRS to ensure that the most ready, capable, well-equipped and willing contingents are selected for deployment, he said.

He also stressed on the need for instances of under-performance to be assessed, saying such assessment needs to examine whether there were units available at higher levels in PCRS that were overlooked during selection; whether caveats have impacted performance; whether poor performance is due to lack of resources, including equipment; or whether the mandate, including guidelines, were not clear, resulting in unsatisfactory implementation.

Honest assessment and feedback is essential to have an effective accountability system. Assessing performance without determining accountability will leave us open to repeating errors, he said.

India is among the largest troop contributors to UN peacekeeping. India has co-deployed troops from Kazakhstan as part of its battalion in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.

In partnership with the US, India also co-hosts the UN Peacekeeping Course for African Partners (UNPCAP), with special focus on capacity building in peacekeeping. India and the US have also deployed a joint Mobile Training Team (MTT) to Zambia for conducting training in peacekeeping.
Addressing the event, Guterres said “performance is a collective responsibility of all those involved in peacekeeping. This responsibility starts with the Security Council, and the adequate defining of mandates”.

Performance is also the responsibility of Member States as troop and police contributors, host governments, members of the General Assembly, as financial contributors and providers of capacity-building support.

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A spurt of Coronavirus, buzz for global emergency

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In 2002, china encountered a similar crisis with the spurt of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) virus but the infection of coronavirus is more widespread in terms of affected people.

Since 2005, there are five global emergencies reported including swine flu outbreak in 2009, polio in 2014, Ebola outbreak in 2014 and so in 2019, zika virus in 2016.

After the Ebola virus, the WHO declared the novel coronavirus outbreak as a global health emergency. The death toll has passed 300 and around 14000 infections are confirmed till now arising the need for an urgent call.

HISTORY OF CORONA VIRUS:

Corona virus was primarily discovered in 1960s.  The name corona virus is based on the Latin word called the corona which means halo or nimbus. When observed under an electronic microscope, the appearance of coronavirus resembles that of the solar halo. Scientifically, coronavirus is believed to belongs to a family of common rhinovirus including SARS and MERS which played havoc causing death of 774 and 858 people respectively in the year 2003 and 2012. It tend to dissipate from animals like civet cats and camels to human respectively. Various such viruses are circulating in animals which haven’t infected human yet.

A novel strain of coronavirus named 2019-novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is identified on January 7 by Chinese authority in the seafood market of Wuhan in Hubei province where wildlife are traded illegally. WHO asserts that this is the primary source of a corona virus outbreak. And also according to Chinese scientists, snakes are thought to be the carrier of the newly discovered virus.

VIRULENT EFFECT OF CORONA VIRUS:

Coronavirus mostly infects the upper respiratory tract including nose and sinuses characterized by symptoms of upper respiratory infections like running nose, coughing, sneezing and sore throat and sometimes fever. It can also cause middle ear infection in children and in severe cases if it spreads to lower respiratory tracts may causes pneumonia and even death in people with weaken immunity, especially in older people with heart disease.

Though its incubation period is not specified but estimated to be up to 10-14 days.

TRANSMISSION OF NOVEL CORONA VIRUS:

It spreads exactly as a common cold causing rhino virus via droplets of sneeze or cough by touching or cold-causing persons hand or face and also by touching the infected things used by the person.

HOW TO FIND OUT Coronavirus?

Overlapping symptoms with common cold make it difficult to diagnose whether the altering is infected with coronavirus or not. Various lab tests are performed to detect the presence of novel corona virus in sputum from nose and throat cultures and blood.

PROPHYLAXIS (WHAT SHOULD BE DONE):

Proper diagnosis may change the level of treatment of symptoms which usually go away. However no vaccines are discovered yet, but the symptoms can be treated with over the counter (OTC) medications for sore throat and fever except aspirin for children and teen younger than 19. Instead ibuprofen or acetaminophen is preferred. And take plenty of fluids and rest. Even humidifier or steamy shower may help you relieve from sore and scratchy throat. However, combination of two antiflu drug like lopinavir and ritonavir and anti-HIV have found to be effective to treat the viral infection caused by corona virus.

Recently, the Shanghai Institute of Material Medica and the Wuhan Institute of Virology had discovered that traditional herbal extract of Shuanghuanlian oral liquid is found to relieve symptoms by inhibiting the virulent action of coronal virus.

Anyhow, consult your doctor or health professional if the symptoms persist or worsens and don’t go away within few days.

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