A microwave device named ‘Atulya’ that can disinfect any premises in just 30 seconds, disintegrating the COVID-19 virus was unveiled by Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Nitin Gadkari in Nagpur.
Certified by the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and based on French and American standards, the device is 100 per cent Made in India and has been manufactured under the aegis of the MSME.
It was reported that the ‘Atulya’ microwave like device can be used to disinfect any premises up to five meters area, besides surface areas, home and office furniture, beds, new boxes and even the contents of the boxes. This equipment can be hand handled as its weight is a mere three kilograms.
The device disintegrates the COVID-19 virus with the help of differential heating in the range of 56 to 60 degrees Celsius temperatures. The positive thing about this device is it is 100 per cent safe for humans and does not emit Ultraviolet rays for disinfection, which could be harmful to the human body. Depending upon the size and shape of objects, the disinfection time is 30 seconds to one minute.
Meanwhile, PM Modi interacts with CMs of 10 worst Corona affected States, stresses the need for more testing & tracing to contain the pandemic. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that India will win against coronavirus if 10 states defeat it. Mr. Modi said, 10 states account for over 80% of the active COVID-19 cases in the country.
The Prime Minister yesterday reviewed the Corona situation with the Chief Ministers of 10 worst affected states through video conferencing. This was the seventh such interaction with Chief Ministers on the coronavirus crisis.
He said, we need to follow a new mantra - all those who have come in contact with an infected person should be traced and tested within 72 hours. He said, experts now say if we identify COVID-19 cases within 72 hours of onset, then infection slows down to great extent.
He also added that the experience so far is that containment, contact tracing and surveillance are the most effective weapons against COVID-19. Mr. Modi said there is an urgent need to ramp up testing in Bihar, Gujarat, UP, West Bengal, and Telangana.