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Revised Covid treatment protocol includes remdesivir, lists loss of smell as symptom of disease
Sun, Jun 14, 2020

Remdesivir, which is one of the most keenly watched in the search for a cure for the novel coronavirus disease, is part of the Word Health Organisation's ongoing Solidarity Trials, and it received emergency use authorisation by the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) on May 1.

Health Minister K K Shailaja on Kerala’s Covid-19 success: ‘Our strategy is trace, quarantine, test, isolate and treat’
Fri, Jun 19, 2020

In this E-Xplained episode before a nationwide audience on Zoom, K K Shailaja, Kerala Health Minister, discusses how Kerala kept the numbers down, and looks at the challenges ahead.

Experts say watch Covid-19 death toll, not cases; PM Modi to talk to CMs next week
Sat, Jun 13, 2020

Over two days next week, June 16 and 17, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with state chief ministers.

One month into lockdown, less than 1% were exposed: ICMR antibodies survey
Fri, Jun 12, 2020

“This shows that the lockdown has been successful,” ICMR chief Dr Balram Bhargava said while presenting the results Thursday. The second phase of the survey is being carried out in containment zones.

Asymptomatic transmission of Covid-19: Why it matters, where evidence stands
Fri, Jun 19, 2020

After claiming asymptomatic transmission of Covid-19 is rare, WHO has now clarified that it does happen. How does one without symptoms transmit the disease? Why is this important in containment strategies?

WHO says asymptomatic spread of Covid-19 rare, then clarifies
Wed, Jun 10, 2020

The Indian Council of Medical Research’s testing strategy includes asymptomatic direct and high-risk contacts of a confirmed case. A senior official from ICMR said India as a country should follow this guidance.

Mumbai and Delhi may have to start testing only hospitalised, say officials
Tue, Jun 09, 2020

However, senior officials in the Health Ministry have ruled out any immediate change in the current testing strategy.

The Lancet’s HCQ study: Why it was retracted, and the status now
Mon, Jun 22, 2020

After publishing a study raising questions on hydroxychloroquine’s efficacy against Covid-19, The Lancet has issued a retraction. What led to this, and what questions does it raise about the peer review process?

Claims that Covid strategy excluded experts baseless: Govt
Mon, Jun 08, 2020

Among the signatories in the joint statement were Dr Shashi Kant, Professor and Head of the Centre for Community Medicine, AIIMS, New Delhi, and Dr D C S Reddy, former Professor and Head of Community Medicine at BHU.

‘No benefits’: Oxford stops enrollment for HCQ arm
Sat, Jun 06, 2020

India continues use HCQ for prophylaxis and treatment of Covid-19. All eyes will now be on the Solidarity Trial.

As Lancet and NEJM authors retract studies on Covid, recalling a few recalls
Sat, Jun 06, 2020

The statements came after grave questions were raised about the quality of data used in both studies, sourced from a Chicago firm called Surgisphere.

SOPs for reopening malls, religious places and restaurants: All questions answered
Fri, Jun 05, 2020

Unlockdown SOPs: The guidelines are advisory in nature; it is for state governments and individual establishments to enforce them. 

Delhi last week: Every fourth sample positive, officials blame ‘laxity’
Fri, Jun 05, 2020

Data released by the Health Department in compliance with a May 4 order of the Delhi High Court show that since May 28 — when the daily increase in case numbers reached four figures — the positivity rate has remained above 17 per cent, and touched a staggering 37.7 per cent on May 31.

Unlockdown SOPs: 50% seats in restaurants, food courts in malls
Fri, Jun 05, 2020

Apart from the mandatory use of masks, thermal screening, social distancing and sanitisation, the SOPs require people above 65 years of age, those with comorbidities, pregnant woman, and children below the age of 10 years, to stay at home.

WHO restarts HCQ trial after Lancet concern over paper that trashed it
Thu, Jun 04, 2020

In a statement, The Lancet said that “important scientific questions” were raised about data in the paper authored by cardiologist Mandeep Mehra, Desai and Zurich cardiologist Frank Ruschitzka. It said an independent audit has been commissioned.

Covid case count nears 2-lakh mark, ICMR says ‘far away from peak’
Wed, Jun 03, 2020

“We are very far away from the peak. Our preventive measures have been very effective. We are in a much better position vis-a-vis other countries and you will see the data soon,” Dr Gupta said.

CSIR research identifies unique trait in virus in India
Wed, Jun 03, 2020

Besides, other things, this particular trait could potentially make the virus weaker, one of the scientists involved in the study said.

Sittings in Central Hall or online? Venkaiah, Birla discuss how to hold Monsoon Session
Tue, Jun 02, 2020

Naidu and Birla held a detailed discussion on Monday on the options and modalities for the Monsoon Session.

Experts criticise Covid handling: Community transmission has set in
Sun, May 31, 2020

The government has maintained that there is no community transmission even as the total cases in the country touched 1,73,763 on Saturday.

Lockdown 5.0 may be relaxed further: States to decide on malls, restaurants
Sat, May 30, 2020

The government may also consider relaxing night curfew hours based on suggestions from health experts. “It (decision to impose curfew from 7 pm to 7 am) is not exactly based on technical considerations of health. There is no harm if it is extended at least to 9 pm,” said an official.

Glimmer in Covid surge: Less than 5% of all patients require critical care
Fri, May 29, 2020

Of the total 83,004 active cases on May 27, less than 3500 needed any kind of intervention -- oxygen therapy, ICU or ventilators.

Oxford University continues HCQ trial
Thu, May 28, 2020

The recovery trial is currently the largest randomised controlled trial of HCQ for Covid-19.

Solidarity Trial: What progress has been made so far?
Thu, May 28, 2020

WHO Solidarity trial: In the hunt for possible Covid-19 treatments, WHO has halted enrolment for the hydroxychloroquine arm of trials. What led to the move, and what progress has been made with the other arms of Solidarity so far?

Centre asks states, UTs to negotiate with private labs, bring down test price
Wed, May 27, 2020

Incidentally, 182 private labs in the country make up 29 per cent of the total testing infrastructure. There are 428 government laboratories where Covid testing is currently taking place.

Guards, vegetable vendors in ICMR list of frontline workers who need testing
Wed, May 27, 2020

Symptomatic healthcare workers were eligible for testing from the very start, but inclusion of other frontline workers was the big takeaway of the last testing strategy revision.

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