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Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Anuradha Mascarenhas

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Anuradha Mascarenhas is a senior editor with The Indian Express, Pune. She writes on health, environment, science and related issues.

Pune to conduct door-to-door survey at COVID-19 hotspot in city
Tue, Apr 07, 2020

The team of health workers will conduct a door to door survey and also check if any person has co-morbidities like diabetes and hypertension, apart from travel history and contact with COVID-19 positive persons.

Pune: Arthritis, lupus patients struggle to find their medicine, now being used for COVID-19 patients
Tue, Apr 07, 2020

The Indian Council of Medical Research had recommended that the drug be only given to doctors and contacts of confirmed COVID-19 patients, and hence its sale was restricted.

Explained: Can a mother transmit the COVID-19 virus to foetus or newborn?
Mon, Apr 06, 2020

Coronavirus: While there is no concrete evidence for vertical transmission from mother to foetus, it is known that pregnancy involves a risk, after birth, of adverse outcomes from many respiratory viral infections.

COVID-19: Three more deaths in Pune, toll at five, total positive cases jump to 104
Mon, Apr 06, 2020

Pune District Collector Naval Kishore Ram on Sunday visited Sassoon General Hospital after two deaths were reported there late on Saturday night and one at Aundh district hospital on Sunday.

Two COVID-19 deaths reported in Pune
Sun, Apr 05, 2020

Another suspected death was reported at Aundh district hospital today.

In Maharashtra, highest number of persons with COVID-19 in age group of 31-50 years
Fri, Apr 03, 2020

India, which reported its first coronavirus case on January 30 this year, has seen a steady rise in the number of COVID-19 infections and till 8 pm on Friday, there were 2,547 active cases and 62 deaths.

Maharashtra: On state medical emergency helpline, trauma calls replaced by distress calls for simple ailments
Fri, Apr 03, 2020

Of this, a total of 2,430 were suspected infection cases – including 1,507 from the community and 923 from hospitals and screening centres, who had utilised the service.

Study estimates 1 in 7 frontline medical workers in US may miss work to care for children
Fri, Apr 03, 2020

These additional childcare obligations could compromise the ability of the US healthcare system to respond to COVID-19 if alternative childcare arrangements are not made, researchers say.

‘Robust model, good starting point’: 84-year-old innovator’s portable ventilator draws attention of industry leaders
Thu, Apr 02, 2020

The 'Bharucha ventilator', as he terms it, has been sold since the 1990s to nearly 150 individual doctors and hospitals.

Maharashtra: With smile and thumbs-up, anganwadi worker pulls through
Wed, Apr 01, 2020

Hours after that call, at another hospital in the city, the 41-year-old’s elder sister, Sunita Pawale, a 44-year-old nursing supervisor, told The Indian Express: “I can’t tell you how relieved I am that my sister is fine.”

2 Tablighi Jamaat members, 3 close contacts positive; Maharashtra looks for others who took part
Tue, Mar 31, 2020

So far, the administration has traced 68 contacts of the Tablighi Jamaat.

Work on at hectic pace to set up 50 ICU beds, 150 isolation beds at Sassoon by April 5
Tue, Mar 31, 2020

Aim to make one central facility to treat COVID-19 patients: District collector

Fumigation by Sodium Hypochlorite can be harmful: Experts
Mon, Mar 30, 2020

In a statement issued on Monday, Dr Salunkhe said it has been observed that in certain parts, for example in localities like Kothrud in Pune, municipal workers have carried out fumigation in housing colonies to prevent spread of COVID-19.

Pune records first COVID-19 death: 52-year-old man dies of multi-organ failure
Mon, Mar 30, 2020

The man had been on ventilator support for the last eight days and died due to acute respiratory distress syndrome and multi-organ failure.

Part of religious group, man from Ivory Coast and NRI from France test positive in Ahmednagar
Mon, Mar 30, 2020

The group of 14 people included three from East Africa, six from Ivory Coast (West Africa), the NRI from France and one from Iran. Three others from Tamil Nadu and one from Mumbai joined them later.

Maharashtra: Shiv Sena leader files FIR against Saudi-returned family for willful violation of home quarantine
Mon, Mar 30, 2020

On Sunday, a two-year-old boy had tested positive for coronavirus. He is from the same family of 24 who had earlier tested positive.

The past positives
Sun, Mar 29, 2020

India’s response to COVID-19 has been robust, helping it check the spread better than many countries. Several measures, from surveillance to tests across labs, are derived from lessons learnt from earlier epidemics, including the 1994 plague and last year’s Nipah. The Indian Express takes stock

‘Can manufacture 1-1.5 lakh test kits in a week scale up if needed’
Sun, Mar 29, 2020

The first batch of 150 kits was rolled out to diagnostic labs in Pune, Mumbai, Delhi, Goa and Bengaluru. The current government protocol involves screening and confirmation of samples which takes 6-7 hours whereas our COVID-19 test includes a single test for both screening and confirmation

Maharashtra: 12 more from same Sangli family test positive, number of cases now 153
Sat, Mar 28, 2020

Besides Sangli, four cases were reported from Nagpur, three from Mumbai, two in Thane and one each from Palghar and Gondia. One of those who tested positive in Mumbai is a one-and-half-year old child.

Taking measures to set up more isolation beds, step up testing in event of severe crisis: Medical Education Minister Maharashtra
Sat, Mar 28, 2020

Anil Deshmukh also said while measures to upgrade facilities were underway at larger cities like Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur, where there are more cases, the state government was also planning to set up “isolated corridors” connecting to isolation beds in wards of various hospitals

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