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Technology to Mitigate Airborne Transmission of SARS-COV-2 to be Installed in Parliament

Dr Jitendra Singh

Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh has informed that he has discussed with scientific experts the modalities of installing the latest UV-C disinfection technology in the Parliament House, on the eve of the upcoming session on 19 July. The technology has been developed by the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), affiliated with the Union Ministry of Science & Technology.

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Dr Singh is the Union Minister of State (MoS) with Independent Charge for Science & Technology, and MoS with Independent Charge for Earth Sciences, and MoS PMO for Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space.

The Minister also informed that to begin with, the technology meant for mitigation of airborne transmission of SARS-COV-2 will be installed in the Central Hall, Lok Sabha Chamber and Committee Rooms 62 and 63.

However, Dr Singh cautioned that even after installation of the disinfection technology, everybody is advised to strictly adhere to the Covid appropriate behaviour, including use of face mask, maintaining social distance, avoiding crowds, among others.

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CSIR-CSIO has developed a UV-C air duct disinfection system, which can be used in auditoriums, large conference rooms, class-rooms, malls, among others, which provides a relatively safer environment for indoor activities in the current pandemic. It can also be used in buildings, transport vehicles, and other areas.

The technology has been developed according to the requirements for deactivation of SARS COV-2 virus contained in an aerosol with necessary ventilation measures, necessary safety and user guidelines and tested Bio-safety standards etc. UV-C deactivates viruses, bacteria, fungus and other bio-aerosols with appropriate dosages using 254 nm UV light. The use of UV-C may also help in ameliorating the fungal infections being witnessed during the current wave of the pandemic.

Dr Singh also said that inter-ministerial formal arrangements for better coordination is needed to further step up the efficiency of different departments. Pointing out that the Prime Minister is particularly keen about the initiative, the Minister urged the officials to explore

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