Covid-19: India's cases soar to 13,36,861 with 48,916 fresh infections

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People masked up for the tram near Flinders Street Station

Making the declaration Embassy of Israel in India said today that in the coming weeks, the Ministries of Defense, Foreign Affairs, and Health will lead an uncommon activity in the battle against the coronavirus in collaboration with the Indian Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser.

In a series of tweets, the embassy said that a high-ranking research and development (R&D) team of Israel's Defence Ministry will be flying to New Delhi on a special flight.

The flight will also bring breakthrough emerging Israeli technologies for combatting COVID-19, which have been donated by Israel's Foreign Ministry and private sector meant to bolster India's response to the virus outbreak. The plane will also deliver mechanical ventilators.

The COVID-19 case fatality rate has further dropped to 2.31 per cent, the ministry said.

During a telephone briefing with diplomatic reporters, Israeli Ambassador to India Ron Malka said that all necessary licenses had been obtained to conduct the trials there.

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Noting that India is now facing over one million COVID-19 positive cases, the Israeli side said India seeks to integrate advanced technologies in its hospitals as they prepare to treat massive waves of COVID-19 patients on an Indian scale. The patient must breathe into a sterile sampling kit, after which his/her sample is analyzed using artificial intelligence. "The last stage will now be carried out in India.The funding, logistics, cooperation and results are mutual".

"The four tech systems that will be tested are: voice test, breathalyzer test based on terra-hertz waves, isothermal test, and polyamino acids test", according to the press release. "I am confident that India and Israel can work together to find innovative and cheap solutions to help the world overcome this crisis", he said. Both can work with saliva sample.

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A second, affordable biochemical test can be used at home and gives a result in 30 minutes.

"What they all have in common is the ability to detect the presence of the virus in the body quickly - usually within minutes", it said. "It plays on the fact that Covid attacks the respiratory system". In addition to the DDR&D team, the delegation also includes engineers and other professionals from the companies involved in the development of the various diagnostic technologies.

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