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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.

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

Pune: Housing societies begin fumigation, ‘needless waste of chemical’, says PMC
Fri, Mar 27, 2020

According to the Pune Municipal Corporation, if the disinfecting chemical is used injudiciously, it will cause a shortage later on.

Recovered, Mumbai, Pune coronavirus cases return home to cheers by neighbours
Thu, Mar 26, 2020

Maharashtra's first positive cases, they finally got the second result confirming them negative and ending their 14-day isolation, at 5.30 am Wednesday.

One patient, hundreds of possible infections: How multiple agencies work through the maze of contact tracing
Wed, Mar 25, 2020

The team under the ward medical officer directs the contacts to be home quarantined and it tracks the health of contacts for 14 days to observe the symptoms of infection in them. If there are symptoms, then the person is referred for the test.

An Expert Explains: ‘Coronavirus will stay; difficult to lock down for long’
Wed, Mar 25, 2020

India coronavirus lockdown: In India with more year-round disease, it will indeed be difficult to lock down for very long periods.

Coronavirus news: Pune to quarantine those returning to rural areas from big cities; 2 of 31 patients in city critical
Tue, Mar 24, 2020

Coronavirus: Three more cases in Pune, 2 of 31 patients in city critical; Appeal from the state Public Health department: Don’t be scared of people from Pune-Mumbai

Pune Zilla Parishad directs home quarantine for 50,000 to prevent spread of COVID-19
Tue, Mar 24, 2020

Thousands of persons from rural areas work in urban areas such as Mumbai and Pune that may put them at a risk of COVID-19 due to interaction with foreign nationals.

Pune: Testing for COVID-19 samples to start at IRSHA lab
Tue, Mar 24, 2020

At Bharati Hospital and Research Centre, run by the Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical Foundation and Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University Medical College, coronavirus had been detected in a 41-year-old anganwadi worker who has been admitted to the ICU.

Maharashtra: MMC allows registered doctors to attend non-emergency patients on phone
Mon, Mar 23, 2020

The circular issued by Sanjay Deshmukh, registrar of MMC, said, “Doctors are advised against prescribing injections.” Deshmukh also directed that all records have to be strictly preserved and it should be mentioned as a header on the letter head of the prescription being issued on telephonic consultation.

Don’t panic, stop crowding hospitals in case of mild symptoms: ICMR
Mon, Mar 23, 2020

As the number of infected people rise, the ICMR had on Saturday said it was roping in private laboratories to carry out tests as well.

Maharashtra: Testing for COVID-19 samples to start at IRSHA lab
Mon, Mar 23, 2020

So far in Pune, apart from the National Institute of Virology, which is the apex Indian Council of Medical Research laboratory, the B J Medical college (BJMC) and Armed Forces Medical College can start conducting tests.

Maharashtra: Five new cases, all relatives of 41-yr-old who tested positive for coronavirus
Mon, Mar 23, 2020

The woman's husband, her 21-year-old daughter and 17-year-old son, her sister and sister's husband have also tested positive for the virus. They were the only new positive cases to be discovered in the twin cities of Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad, which now have a total of 28 positive cases.

Measures to contain coronavirus disease, less vehicular movement brings down levels of NOx
Mon, Mar 23, 2020

According to the SAFAR report from March 5, there has been a reduction in the levels of NOx in Pune (45 per cent), Mumbai (45 per cent) and Ahmedabad (50 per cent) this year.

India has to stop further activity for a few weeks: Doctor at epicentre Wuhan
Sun, Mar 22, 2020

While the crisis is almost over in China, the French doctor was critical about experts’ comments who have given interviews saying not to work. 

Maharashtra: First coronavirus patient in state went to Dubai for 25th anniversary
Sun, Mar 22, 2020

In quarantine at the state-run Naidu Hospital for the last 12 days, the family is now keenly awaiting their two-week isolation to get over, their initial nervousness having given way to optimism and relief.

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