Coronavirus India lockdown Day 109 updates | July 11, 2020

A Medical staff with PPE suit takes nasal swab during Rapid Antigen Test for the coronavirus at the Nehru Homeopathic Medical college at Defence colony in New Delhi on Saturday, July 11, 2020.

A Medical staff with PPE suit takes nasal swab during Rapid Antigen Test for the coronavirus at the Nehru Homeopathic Medical college at Defence colony in New Delhi on Saturday, July 11, 2020.   | Photo Credit: R. V. Moorthy

A novel coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine will take at least 12 months to be commercially available and a realistic deadline for it would be some time next year, a group of government officials informed the Parliamentary Panel on Science and Technology headed by Congress leader Jairam Ramesh at a meeting held in the Parliament House complex on Friday.

Here is a list of State Helpline numbers. You can track coronavirus cases, deaths and testing rates at the national and State levels here.

Here are the latest updates

9.40 pm | New Delhi

CRPF official succumbs to COVID-19 in Hyderabad; 11th pandemic death in force

A 51-year-old official of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) died due to coronavirus infection on Saturday taking the pandemic death toll in the country’s largest paramilitary to eleven, officials said.

The force also reported 58 fresh cases of the disease across its various units in the country.

9.20 pm | Karnataka

Karnataka govt. announces 7-day lockdown in Bengaluru districts from July 14

With an enormous spike in COVID-19 cases during the last two weeks in and around Bengaluru, the State government has announced total lockdown in Bengaluru Urban and Bengaluru Rural districts for seven days from July 14 to 22.

The lockdown will come into force from 8 p.m. on July 14 and end at 5 a.m. on July 22 in two districts.

Shops and establishments delivering essential items such as medicines, vegetables, fruits and milk would remain open during the period.

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9.00 pm | Assam

Activist Akhil Gogoi tests COVID-19 positive in Guwahati jail

Peasant leader Akhil Gogoi, who was arrested by the NIA for his alleged role in violent protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act last year, tested positive for novel coronavirus inside the Guwahati Central Jail on Saturday, an official said.

A total of 55 inmates, including Gogoi, have tested positive at the jail, forcing the authorities to issue orders for taking samples of all the 1,069 prisoners.

8.35 pm | New Delhi

Delhi reports 1,781 new cases

1,781 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Delhi in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 1,10,921, according to a health bulletin released by the Delhi government on Saturday.

Also, 34 more deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of deaths to 3,334.

Of the total cases, 87,692 people have recovered and there are 19,895 active cases.

8.15 pm | Jharkhand

Jharkhand CM, wife test negative for COVID-19

Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren and his wife Kalpana tested negative for COVID-19 on Saturday, an official statement said.

Earlier in the day, health workers had collected swab samples of Soren and his wife, and some officials working in the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO).

The Chief Minister has been in home quarantine since July 8 after he came in contact with Drinking and Sanitation Minister Mithilesh Thakur and JMM MLA Mathura Mahato, who have been found infected with COVID-19.

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8.05 pm | Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh reports 544 new cases

Madhya Pradesh on Saturday registered 544 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 17,201. The number of active cases stands at 3,878. Six patients died of the illness on the day, taking the State-wide death toll to 644. As for recoveries, 198 patients were discharged from hospitals on the day. So far, 12,679 persons have been cured of the illness, says the State Directorate of Health Services.

7.55 pm | Hyderabad

Relatives of dead COVID-19 patient carry body in own auto in violation of norms

In violation of COVID-19 norms, relatives of a deceased coronavirus-infected patient at Nizamabad in Telangana allegedly carried his body in their own autorickshaw for burial after they managed to secure it from the state-run government hospital with a relative’s help.

This was as per preliminary information gathered in the incident which occurred on Friday, but full facts would emerge after an inquiry, a hospital official said.

The patient died on Thursday night while undergoing treatment, he said.

7.40 pm | West Bengal

Bengal orders advanced equipment from European firm, aiming for 1 lakh daily COVID tests

Aiming to conduct clinical examinations of at least one lakh COVID-19 samples daily, the West Bengal government has placed orders for advanced testing equipment from a Switzerland-based pharmaceutical company, an official said on Saturday.

The device, which can conduct novel coronavirus tests on the Cobas 6800/8800 system, is being brought to the state via waterways and delivery is expected soon, the official said.

“With rising number of COVID-19 infections, it’s imperative to augment testing of samples. This particular instrument has the capacity to test a lakh of samples daily,” he said. “West Bengal will perhaps be the first State in the country to start using them.”

The State is testing around 10,000 samples on a daily basis.

7.20 pm | Rajasthan

Rajasthan’s revenue collection has dropped by 70% due to COVID-19 pandemic: CM

The Rajasthan government’s revenue collection has dropped by 70% due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said on Saturday, alleging that despite repeated demands, the Centre has not announced grants and package for states.

He also said that it is important that “money is pumped and purchasing power of people is enhanced so that demand can be generated“.

7.05 pm | West Bengal

UGC directive on final exams will adversely affect interests of students: Mamata to PM

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, urging him to re-examine the UGC directive that mandated final examinations in colleges and universities by September-end.

In her letter, the Chief Minister said the July 6 guidelines of the University Grants Commission (UGC) will adversely affect the interests of students.

“I understand that various states have already raised the issue with the government of India, expressing their concerns and disagreement with the new guidelines,” Ms. Banerjee said in her letter.

“I would, therefore, request you to get the matter re-examined immediately...,” she said.

6.45 pm | Meghalaya

Meghalaya government announces total lockdown in Shillong on Monday, Tuesday

The Meghalaya government on Saturday announced a two-day total lockdown in capital Shillong from Monday after the state reported the highest single-day spike of 76 COVID-19 cases.

Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said that the decision was taken to contain the spread of COVID-19, besides ensuring behavioural changes among citizens to follow coronavirus-related guidelines.

6.30 pm | New Delhi

Emirates to operate repatriation flights to five Indian cities from July 12 to 26

Dubai-based Emirates airline will operate special repatriation flights to five Indian cities between July 12 and 26 to assist stranded Indians get home and for residents of the UAE currently in India to return to the Gulf country.

The flights will be operated to Bengaluru, Delhi, Kochi, Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram, the airline said in a statement.

Only Indian citizens stranded in the UAE will be allowed to fly from Dubai to the five Indian destinations, it clarified.

6.10 pm | Maharashtra

Dharavi a global role model of COVID management, says Thackeray

Dharavi slum in Mumbai has emerged as a global role model for containing the spread of novel coronavirus, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said on Saturday against the backdrop of the WHO’s praise.

World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had said during a virtual press conference in Geneva on Friday that there were many examples from around the world that have shown that even if the outbreak is very intense, it can still be brought back under control.

“And some of these examples are Italy, Spain and South Korea, and even in Dharavi - a densely packed area in the megacity of Mumbai,” he had said.

Mr. Thackeray said that Dharavi has shown to the world that coronavirus spread can be contained via self discipline and community efforts.

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5.55 pm | West Bengal

7 police personnel test positive for COVID-19 in Kolkata

At least seven police personnel of Kasba police station here have tested positive for COVID- 19, sources in the Health department said on Saturday.

One sub-inspector (SI), three assistant sub-inspectors (ASIs) and three others have tested positive for the disease, they said.

The SI and the three ASIs are undergoing treatment at the KPC Medical College and Hospital in Jadavpur, sources said.

5.40 pm | New Delhi

No coronavirus patient under home isolation in Delhi has died in July: study

Not a single coronavirus patient under home isolation in the city has died in July and there has been a “sharp decline” in daily fatality figures in the past two weeks, a Delhi government study on COVID-19 deaths has said. The city’s Health department presented these findings to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday, days after he directed them to study all COVID-19 deaths in the last fortnight to understand what steps could be taken to further reduce the number of fatalities.

“During the June 24 to July 8 fortnight, a total of 691 deaths took place in Delhi, which is an average of 46 deaths per day during this period,” the government said in a statement.

5.20 pm | New Delhi

PM appreciates efforts of Centre, Delhi government in containing COVID situation in national capital

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday appreciated the efforts of the Centre, state and local authorities in containing the COVID-19 situation in Delhi and directed that similar approach be replicated in checking the pandemic in the entire NCR area.

Mr. Modi also directed that real-time national level monitoring and guidance should be provided to all affected states and places with high test positivity rate.

He made these remarks at a meeting to take stock of the COVID-19 situation in various parts of the country and the preparedness of various states, a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said.

5.05 pm | Bengaluru

Biocon drug receives DCGI nod for use in moderate to severe COVID-19 patients

Biotechnology major Biocon on Saturday announced that its “breakthrough drug,” Itolizumab has received Drugs Controller General of India’s (DCGI) approval for its use in moderate to severe COVID-19 patients.

DCGI has approved to market Itolizumab (ALZUMAb) injection 25mg and 5mL solution for emergency use in India for the treatment of cytokine release syndrome (CRS) in moderate to severe ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome) patients due to COVID-19, Biocon said in a release.

It said Itolizumab is the first novel biologic therapy to be approved anywhere in the world for treating patients with moderate to severe COVID-19 complications.

4.45 pm | Tamil Nadu

Madurai sends 800 COVID-19 samples to Chennai, Coimbatore daily

As Madurai ramps up COVID-19 testing, the district administration has been sending over 800 samples collected from the district to Chennai and Coimbatore, to bridge the capacity gap.

District Collector T. G. Vinay said that Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH) has the capacity to test 2,200 samples per day currently. Since June 8, the district administration has been averaging 3,000 tests per day.

As cases increased, the Collector said that they have been intensifying testing and implementing the fever clinic model, where those with symptoms of COVID-19 can get their tests done at government-run fever clinics or at private labs.

“All the results are uploaded online. We also immediately communicate to those who have tested positive so that we can discuss the severity and treatment options for them,” he said.

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4.25 pm | Karnataka

Mysuru’s first 600-bed COVID-19 Care Centre ready

The 55-room newly constructed academic building of Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) near Mysuru airport at Mandakalli is all set to function as the city’s first COVID-19 Care Centre (CCC), equipped with 600 beds and basic facilities for the treatment of patients.

The facility will be thrown open in the next two days for shifting infected patients, with the designated 250-bed COVID-19 Hospital packed to its capacity.

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4.10 pm | Uttar Pradesh

U.P. shuts as govt announces 55-hour-long lockdown-like restrictions

Shops and business establishments, other than those dealing with essential services, remained closed in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday after the government reimposed lockdown-like restrictions across the state to slow the spread of coronavirus.

The government on Thursday had announced that restrictions will be reimposed in the state from 10 pm on Friday to 5 am on Monday in the state following the surge in coronavirus cases.

However, it permitted the functioning of essential services and the opening of religious places during this period.

Roads wore a deserted look on Saturday, as tempos, taxis and government buses did not operate. Markets in prominent areas too were shut.

3.50 pm | Sikkim

Security personnel testing COVID-19 positive won’t be allowed to enter Sikkim

With security personnel comprising a substantial chunk of the COVID-19 cases in Sikkim, the state government has decided to allow only those jawans to enter the Himalayan state who test negative for coronavirus, a senior health official said on Saturday.

Rapid antigen tests will be conducted exclusively on security personnel, including those from the Army and the paramilitary forces, at the Rangpo border check-post from Saturday onwards.

The measure comes after more than three dozen security personnel posted in the Himalayan state, bordering China, tested positive for COVID-19.

3.25 pm | Tamil Nadu

Virudhunagar comes up with containment plan

The movement of people and commercial activities in 57 containment zones across Virudhunagar district has been completely banned from Sunday.

An order issued by Virudhunagar Collector and District Disaster Management Authority, R. Kannan, said that the movement of people, transport and commercial activities would be prohibited from Sunday till the containment plan is over.

People should follow physical distancing norms and wear masks. Besides, autorickshaws with public address systems should make frequent announcements about the containment plan to the people living in the zones.

Fever camps would be conducted and door-to-door surveillance will be done.

3.15 pm | Maharashtra

Proactive screening helped curb Dharavi’s COVID-19 spread: BMC

With the WHO lauding the efforts taken to contain the spread of the COVID-19 in Mumbai’s Dharavi, one of the world’s largest slums, the local civic body said proactive screening with the assistance of private doctors and community support helped it in the fight against the disease.

Talking to PTI on Saturday, Kiran Dighavkar, Assistant Commissioner of the G North ward of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said the civic body had to change its traditional approach of waiting for patients, contact tracing, isolation and home quarantine to begin proactive screening instead.

2.50 pm | New Delhi

PM appreciates efforts of Centre, Delhi govt in containing COVID situation in national capital

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday appreciated the efforts of the Centre, state and local authorities in containing the COVID-19 situation in Delhi and directed that similar approach be adopted with other state governments in checking the pandemic in the entire NCR area.

He made these remarks at a meeting to review the coronavirus situation in the country, a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said.

2.10 pm | Tamil Nadu

Ariyalur Collectorate closed till Monday after employee tests COVID-19 positive

The Ariyalur Collector’s Office has been closed for three days after an employee of the Department of Cooperation tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday.

The employee was said to have contracted the virus from his wife, also a government employee in the neighbouring Perambalur district. After the swab sample taken from the employee turned out to be positive, he was immediately admitted to the Government Hospital.

Though he was a field worker, he was said to have visited the Collector’s Office during the last few days. Following this, Collector D. Rathna issued an order to close the office for three days from Saturday to Monday. - C. Jaisankar

1.50 pm | Uttarakhand

Three-day lockdown in Kashipur

A three-day lockdown was imposed from Saturday in Kashipur in Uttarakhand’s Udham Singh Nagar district in view of rising cases of COVID-19.

Barring essential services, all commercial activities in the market area will remain suspended during the period, it said advising people to stay at home and not venture out unless it was absolutely necessary.

Only, medicine shops, private and government hospitals and shops dealing in milk will remain open during the period.

1.30 pm | Delhi

All upcoming semester, final exams of universities under Delhi govt cancelled

Delhi government has decided that in Delhi state universities, upcoming exams will be cancelled," said Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia while addressing a video briefing.

"This decision is for Delhi’s state universities. Delhi also has central government-run universities such as Delhi University, JNU, and for these, the central government will have to take a decision," he clarified.

All universities have been told that without written exam, promote students based on previous exams or based on previous semesters or other evaluations till now, he said.  - Nikhil M. Babu

1.10 pm | Jammu and Kashmir

Strict lockdown restrictions reimposed after spike in coronavirus cases in Rajouri

Strict lockdown restrictions were reimposed on Saturday in parts of Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district following a spike in coronavirus cases.

The entire Rajouri city and adjoining areas were sealed and people were asked to stay indoors as part of the efforts to slow the spread of the infection.

We have five active red zones and all the residents of these areas are being subjected to COVID testing, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Rajouri, Sher Singh told PTI.

He said the restrictions would continue till the completion of the contact tracing of all the positive cases, their sampling and receipt of the reports.

12.20 pm | Kerala

Local spread spiralling in Kerala

The emerging COVID-19 situation in Kerala has now begun to resemble the situation in any major metropolis in the country with the pace of disease transmission in the community surpassing all efforts at containment, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said.

The pace at which a superspreader event had transmitted the disease fast and wild across three urban wards in the capital city was an indication how fast the disease could spread across a small and densely populated State such as Kerala, he said.

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12.00 pm | Kerala

Flights to UAE from Sunday

In a major relief, thousands of United Arab Emirates (UAE)-bound Non-Resident Indians (NRI) stranded in the country since the lockdown from March will now get an opportunity to fly back to their workplaces and join the families there from Sunday. This arrangement will be in place for a period of 15 days till July 26.

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11.30 am

Data | Most COVID-19 deaths occurred within two days of hospital admission in Chennai, Karnataka

Most deaths related to COVID-19 in Chennai and Karnataka occurred within two to three days of admission to hospitals. These regions were chosen as they were among the few which provided the date of admission. Notably in Chennai, younger people died relatively sooner after hospitalisation compared to elders.

The analysis includes deaths in Chennai and Karnataka between April 10 and June 13, and for which data is available.

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11.00 am

Psoriasis injection okayed for limited use to treat COVID-19 patients: Drug controller

India’s drug regulator has approved Itolizumab, a drug used to cure skin ailment psoriasis for “restricted emergency use” to treat COVID-19 patients with moderate to severe acute respiratory distress, officials told PTI on Friday.

Considering the unmet medical needs to treat COVID-19, Drugs Controller General of India, Dr.V.G. Somani, approved monoclonal antibody injection Itolizumab, an already approved drug of Biocon, for restricted emergency use for the treatment of ‘cytokine’ release syndrome in moderate to severe acute respiratory distress syndrome patients due to COVID-19, they said.

“The approval was given after its clinical trials on COVID-19 patients in India was found satisfactory by the expert committee comprising pulmonologists, pharmacologists and medicine experts from AIIMS, among others, for treatment of cytokine release syndrome, an official told PTI.

“It is already an approved drug of Biocon for treating psoriasis for last many years,” the official said. Written informed consent of each patient is required before the use of this drug, he said.


10.30 am

Bengali film actor Koel Mallick, husband, parents test positive

Bengali film actor Koel Mallick on Friday tested positive for COVID-19, along with her parents and husband Nishpal Singh Rane who is a film producer. Koel said in a tweet, “Baba Ma Rane & I are tested COVID-19 Positive...self quarantined!”

Industry sources said Koel’s husband Rane was running a fever for the past two days and advised swab test by a doctor. As he came to visit his wife and in-laws at their residence, swab samples of Koel and his parents were also sent for test.

The reports came on Friday confirming that Koel, her father Ranjit Mallick, who is also a veteran actor, mother Deepa Mallick and Rane were infected with novel coronavirus.

They are all in home quarantine.


10.00 am

Kolkata Police asks Cricket Association of Bengal to allow using Eden Gardens as quarantine facility

Eden Gardens in Kolkata | File

Eden Gardens in Kolkata | File   | Photo Credit: K.R. Deepak


The Kolkata Police on Friday requested the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) to make use of under galleries for makeshift quarantine facility for police personnel on an urgent basis.

There was an emergent meeting held at the Kolkata Police Headquarters in Lalbazar with CAB senior officials and it was followed by a joint inspection at the Eden Gardens. CAB president Avishek Dalmiya and Hony. Secretary Snehasish Ganguly were present during the inspection.

It has been decided that under galleries of E, F, G and H blocks would be used to set up such facilities. In case, more space is required, then J block might also be used, the statement said.

“It is our duty to help and support the administration in this hour of crisis. The quarantine facility would be used for police personnel who are covid warriors. The arrangement agreed between Kolkata Police and CAB would ensure that areas used for cricket and administrative activities remain unaffected,” Dalmiya said.


9.30 am

Citing Dharavi, WHO says coronavirus can be brought under control

The World Health Organization said Friday that it is still possible to bring coronavirus outbreaks under control, even though case numbers have more than doubled in the past six weeks.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the examples of Italy, Spain, South Korea and Dharavi (India's biggest slum) showed that however bad an outbreak was, the virus could still be reined in through aggressive action.

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9.00 am

Positivity rate in Gurugram nearly double the national average

Though Gurugram has the highest recovery rate of 83% nationwide, the positivity rate, which is the number of samples testing positive per hundred, is almost double the national average, Chief Medical Officer Virender Yadav said on Friday. He also announced that guidelines on setting up of plasma bank and plasma therapy for COVID-19 patients were expected next week.

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8.45 am | New Delhi

‘15-20% tested developed antibodies against virus’

Ahealth worker takes a swab sample during rapid antigen test for the coronavirus disease at Guru Gobind Singh hospital in West Delhi on July 10, 2020.

Ahealth worker takes a swab sample during rapid antigen test for the coronavirus disease at Guru Gobind Singh hospital in West Delhi on July 10, 2020.   | Photo Credit: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar


At least 15-20% of the over 22,000 people tested randomly across New Delhi as part of a serological survey have developed antibodies against COVID-19, according to officials. The survey report being prepared by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), which was supposed to be submitted to the Central government and Delhi government, was not submitted till 9 p.m. on Friday.

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8.30 am | Tamil Nadu

Govt. allows 50% staff in Chennai IT/ITeS firms

The State government on Friday modified its earlier orders and allowed 50% staff in IT/ITeS firms located within Chennai police limits to work on their company premises.

However, 90% of the employees must commute through company-arranged transport facilities, from July 13, in such a case.

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8.00 am

West Bengal records highest single-day spike of 1,198 cases

A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 testing during Unlock- 2, in Kolkata, West Bengal on July 1, 2020.

A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 testing during Unlock- 2, in Kolkata, West Bengal on July 1, 2020.   | Photo Credit: PTI


West Bengal on Friday recorded yet another highest single-day spike of 1,198 COVID-19 cases. Twenty-six deaths were recorded in the past 24 hours. The total number of cases has increased to 27,109, of which 8,881 are active.

Of the 26 deaths, 13 were recorded in Kolkata, six in North 24 Parganas and four in Howrah. One death each was recorded in Hooghly, Purba Medinipur and Howrah. The total number of deaths in the State due to the infection stands at 880.

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7.30 am

1,500 Indians to be repatriated from South Africa on July 12

Around 1,500 Indians, who were stranded in South Africa due to coronavirus-related restrictions, will be repatriated on July 12. This will be the second repatriation flight arranged by the India Club, an ethnic socio-cultural group.

Over 50 of the passengers are IT employees from Bengaluru who have been stuck in South Africa after their contracts with various local companies expired prematurely with businesses scaling down operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, 14 South Africans, who were on home-leave will be returning to their jobs in Indian mines.

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7.00 am

Maharashtra reports highest single-day surge of 7,862 cases

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File Image   | Photo Credit: Vijay Bate


With a staggering single-day high of 7,862 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, Maharashtra’s total case tally reached 2,38,461. A total of 226 new deaths pushed the total death toll to 9,893.

The State has reported over 7,000 cases in a single day twice in less than a week, with the previous highest single-day spike of 7,074 cases recorded on July 4.

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