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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Anuradha Mascarenhas


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

Wife of first patient to die of COVID-19 speaks out:‘Social distancing important, ensured that family and employees did not get infection’
Mon, Apr 13, 2020

Since the first death, 34 deaths and 298 cases have been reported in Pune. “I lost my husband to this infection, which is part of a natural calamity that is still taking so many lives. But if we want to break this chain of transmission, we have to be really alert as this is going to be around for a long time,” says the woman.

Explained: Why ‘false negative’ coronavirus tests are a concern
Tue, Apr 14, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Doctors do not rule out the possibility that these patients had not rid themselves of the virus in the first place, but the virus didn’t show up in the tests.

In 3 weeks, incomplete structure turned into ready-to-be functional hospital for COVID-19 patients
Sun, Apr 12, 2020

The structure of a new 11-storey extension building at the Sassoon General Hospital in Pune had been completed a few years ago, but all the ancillary works, purchase of medical equipment, and other infrastructural works like power connection remained pending.

Number of COVID-19 cases rises to 263 in Pune
Sun, Apr 12, 2020

Till now, Sassoon General Hospital has reported 21 deaths while two deaths have been registered at Noble Hospital, and one each at Aundh District Hospital, Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, Naidu Hospital, Inamdar Hospital, Sahyadri Hospital at Karve Road and Jehangir Hospital.

22 members of family from Sangli dist recover, discharged from hospital
Sat, Apr 11, 2020

Initially, four members of the family had tested positive on March 23 after they returned from Haj in Saudi Arabia. “They were kept in the isolation ward at the government medical college on March 19,” said district civil surgeon Dr Sanjay Salunke

Two more COVID-19 deaths in Pune
Sat, Apr 11, 2020

One of the deceased was a 30-year-old man from Ahmednagar who also suffered from Down's Syndrome. He was brought to Sassoon General Hospital on April 5 but succumbed to the infection on Friday.

After dist sealed, 22 of Maharashtra family recover
Sat, Apr 11, 2020

The patients, six of whom are above 50 years of age and one suffers from congestive heart failure, were discharged on Friday.

Not wearing masks increases transmission risk from asymptomatic carriers by 35 per cent: Review
Fri, Apr 10, 2020

Cloth masks reduce the risk of transmission by 50 per cent and surgical masks by 80 per cent, according to Dr Salvi. In a review on different types of masks, he said masks are meant more to prevent transmission than protection in the community.

Total coronavirus cases over 200, toll 26 in Pune
Fri, Apr 10, 2020

Five deaths were reported from Sassoon General Hospital and a sixth one from Jehangir Hospital. Sassoon General Hospital also reported two deaths late on Wednesday night.

With 10 deaths in 24 hours, Pune toll more than doubles in a day
Thu, Apr 09, 2020

Of the 18 deaths, 11 were at Sassoon General Hospital, one each at Aundh District Hospital, Naidu Hospital, Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, Inamdar Hospital and Sahyadri Specialty Hospital, and two at Noble Hospital.

Segregated areas, separate pathways: private city hospitals treating COVID-19 patients step up measures
Wed, Apr 08, 2020

More than 100 persons with the virus have been hospitalised, with a majority of them at Naidu and Sassoon General Hospitals. Among private hospitals, KEM Hospital has five COVID-19 patients, followed by four at Jehangir Hospital.

Three deaths at Sassoon Hospital take COVID-19 toll in Pune to 8
Wed, Apr 08, 2020

Dean of B J Medical College and Sassoon General Hospital, Dr Ajay Chandanwale, said all the patients had underlying medical problems and had been admitted to the hospital at a critical stage.

Worst-hit areas sealed off, PMC begins door-to-door surveys to contain infection
Tue, Apr 07, 2020

A team of health workers will check if any of the surveyed persons has co-morbidities like diabetes and hypertension, if they had contact with an infected patient, and take details of their travel history.

Pune hospitals grapple with PPE shortage, scared staff
Tue, Apr 07, 2020

Even as the Maharashtra government has demanded 3.25 lakh PPE kits, among other equipment, from the Centre, scientists in Pune have urged the government to involve them to fast-track the procurement process.

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.