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Karnataka: if you are in quarantine, don’t move your mobile phone

July 8, 2020 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

Firstly, let me express deep sense of appreciation to officials of Karnataka Government for monitoring people in quarantine to ensure safety of community. They have a mechanism to reach out via an interactive automated voice call, they have a doctor call person and then an employee from BBMP (Bangalore Bruhat Maha Palika) or local panchayat. All of them are doing great job.

However, technology given to them or mechanism given to them is inappropriate. Since I have travelled to Hyderabad during last week of June, we are marked to be in home quarantine till 10th July, 2020. A couple of days back, I got an automated call stating they found a breach and I can select one of the options for reason of breach. Options are Medical, For work, For grocery and last option is “others”; but there was no option as “I have not breached”.

Today, I got a call from a doctor saying they have received a report that I may have breached quarantine and that calls for a FIR. When I have explained that I have not breached and through our conversation, he has mentioned that on 6th July, morning a different mobile tower has been triggered and that raised an alert. In our apartment (even within my flat), when I look for “my location” on Google maps, it shows three different things. How could their systems raise an alert based on mobile towers. May I now file a FIR on Airtel? What if a person leaves mobile phone at home and go all over; how would they track them?

We live in a high rise apartment where we have strict internal restrictions for people who are marked to be in quarantine. We don’t even allow our maids to come in. I think government should look for better tracking. They do have Quarantine Watch app but I was able to upload my photo only for two days. By the way, I got to know about quarantine watch app from our apartment association but not from authorities when they have marked quarantine stamp at the airport. They should at least provide a information booklet that contains apps that one can have and guidelines that one needs to follow.

It’s however appreciative that government officials are monitoring movement of people marked in quarantine and it’s our responsibility to stay at home and fight against COVID-19.

#StaySafe

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Recent travel experience

July 1, 2020 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

To help my mother-in-law, I have recently travelled to Hyderabad from Bangalore. This is my first travel during this COVID 19 situation.

Good news due to COVID 19 measures is that we no longer have to print boarding pass. Travellers can do a web check-in and carry electronic boarding pass on their mobile device. Not so good news is that while web check-in is mandatory, airlenes keep a price tag for many seats ranging from INR 400 to INR 1000. It’s a bit painful because already air fares are hiked than usual. However, one can choose to have seat auto-assigned. But advantage is that due to increased price, people who really required to travel will only travel. This time, I found airports to be like airports that we have seen about 20 years ago where we used to see limited number of people.

At the airport, before the entrance itself, airport staff have checked if we have AarogyaSethu app and have completed health check; they have also done a temperature check. Security staff now have a counter where travellers need to scan their boarding pass and keep their photo identity document on the desk. Both at Bangalore and Hyderabad, I found these staff are not sensitive. It is not usual for many travellers to scan their boarding pass and show identity document so security staff need to be patient and direct travellers appropriately. Instead, they sounded rude.

After entry into the airport, there are still airline counters who assist travellers those who may require. They are very polite and they continue to provide assistance to elderly, people with disabilities. They were all wearing gloves, masks, long jacket etc., They even changed our seats to front rows although we were fine with any seat. Indigo staff at both locations were very helpful.

Before boarding, at Bangalore, Indigo staff have given us a safety kit which has mask, face cover and a few packets of sanitiser. Travellers are required to wear the full face cover provided.

On arrival, at Hyderabad, they have only checked for temperature but no other restrictions. whereas in Bangalore, there are a series of tests and although all tests are nagetive, they have asked almost everyone for home quarantene for 14 days. They have also verified our application on Seva Sindhu Portal.

Overall, whole travel experience is smooth.

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China, you don’t deserve to sell us your products

April 28, 2020 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

Read news about China’s claim about quality of their Rapid Testing Kits for COVID-19 which was rejected by our Government. India has made a wise decision of advising not to use Rapid Testing Kits made in China.

China can’t even produce quality toys for children and why should we trust that China can produce quality products for health care?

If China really have any humanaterion ethics, it could have controlled Carona virus itself by taking necessary measures and advise its citizens to stop eating animals. who knows what all have eaten by the team worked on to prepare Rapid Testing Kits.

It’s OK to have lockdown continued but we should not import ANYTHING from China. Stop using all of China Products. #BanChina!

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Train cancelled… but you don’t have to rush for cancellation

April 14, 2020 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

India since lockdown has been extended, Indian Railways have suspended all trains till 3rd May, 2020.

Indian Railways have sent messages to passengers stating e-tickets will be cancelled automatically and full refund gets credited to payment method used while booking. There is no need for users to take any action.

For passengers those booked tickets through counters can submit tickets for vull refund till 20th June, 2020; so there is no need to rush to railway counters immediately.

In the interest of Passenger safety, once trains are resumed, (hopefully for a few months or so), no blankets will be provided in the AC coaches. All other facilities remain same.

Stay safe!

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Lockdown in India continues to fight against COVID-19

April 14, 2020 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

Addressing the nation, the Prime Minister, Shri. Narendra has appreciated all citizens for following lockdown to fight against Corna virus (COVID19). He recalled that when there were no single case of Carona Virus, India has decided to screen every traveller, when there were just 550 COVID19 cases, India has decided to mandate 14 day quarantine for those who returned from different countries. When deaths due to COVID 19 are not even 100, India has taken step to lockdown completely for 21 days. Although, it has caused difficulties to citizens, it has certainly shown great results. There are many countries where Carona virus has spread to people in lakh. Countries across the world are appreciating steps taken by India.

Prime Minister was in regular discussions with Chief Ministers of all the states and reviewing situation on regular basis. Most state officials and even citizens have recommended extension of lockdown for few more weeks. While steps are being taken to minimize discomfort to people, it has been decided to extend lockdown for another 19 days; i.e. till 3rd May, 2020. Situation will be reviewed and further decisions will be made.

Prime Minister urged people to follow seven things:

  • Take of elders at home specially those have earlier record of illness to ensure tht they do not get affected with Carona Virus
  • Maintain lockdown and social distancing. Use home made masks
  • Follow Ministry of Ayush’s instructions to boost immunity.
  • Download Aarogya Setu mobile App that will alert when you are close proximity unknowingly to someone who tests positive. Encourage others to install too.
  • Feed the poor
  • Don’t fire people in your office (I add don’t fire your maid and other daily helpers too)
  • Respect those frontline of this battle like Doctors, Police, Cleaning staff etc.,

Let’s together win this battle; remember to help the needy. Help children understand the situation. Stay safe.

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Prime Minister’s Appeal to the nation: what you should be doing on this Sunday at 9PM?

April 3, 2020 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

After announcing lock down across the country, Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi addressed the nation for the first time today and has an appeal for all of us.

Dear Fellow Citizens, thank you for making Janata Curfew a grand success on 22nd March, 2020 and staying at home during lock down period. Yes, there would be some inconveniences but unfortunately we have no option to save our country.

Appeal from our beloved Prime Minister is that on Sunday the 5th April, 2020 at 9pm (IST) for 9 minitues, turn off all lights in our house and light a lamp (it can be diya, torch etc.,) either at your entrance or in the balcony. This shows the unity of 130 Crore citizens of the country. During this time pray goddess for well being of our country.

Let’s observe this and show the world that we are united and teach a lesson to those people who have set their goal only to trouble country. It’s unfortunate and stupidity of those people who are spitting on doctors. They shall never be execused.

Stay safe…

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