Used for ages against TB, the BCG vaccine is newly under the spotlight. One study claims a link between low COVID-19 spread and wide BCG coverage, another dismisses it. A look at BCG, and the new discussion.
While Kerala, which was among the earliest to report COVID-19 cases and has at least two of these hotspots, has already started using these rapid tests, other states like Tamil Nadu and Chhattisgarh have been pushing for it.
States have been pushing for rapid tests on plasma; ICMR has resisted, yielded and qualified its stance. How are such tests different from PCR tests on swab, and what are the arguments for and against each?
Coronavirus Cases in India Latest Updates: The number of people who have been infected with the novel coronavirus rose to 2,069 today, while 53 deaths have been reported. Multiple states have reported positive cases linked to those who attended the Nizamabad Markaz event.
As per the guidelines on clinical management of COVID-19 issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, patients with mild symptoms, “may not” require hospitalisation “unless there is a concern for rapid deterioration”.
Coronavirus Cases in India State-Wise Latest Update: On Monday, India registered the sharpest spike in coronavirus cases -- 227 people tested positive over the last 24 hours, taking the total to 1,251. Of these 102 people have been cured and 35 have died.
Of these, two — Dilshad Garden and Nizamuddin — are in Delhi, the others being Noida, Meerut, Bhilwara, Ahmedabad, Kasaragod, Pathanamthitta, Mumbai and Pune. In the last 24 hours, 227 cases and five deaths have been reported.
India Coronavirus Latest News Update, 30 March: The nationwide coronavirus death toll climbed to 32 while the number of cases spiked to 1251 as the lockdown to entered its sixth day. Meanwhile, the government said that there was no immediate plan to extend the 21-day lockdown.
At the daily briefing, Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, did not give details of those who died in the last 24 hours, but said that “most cases of death have seen old age and co-morbidity play a very major role.”