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Chahat Rana is a correspondent with The Indian Express, Chandigarh

In Sec 45 hospital, staff concerned over proximity of COVID centre to TB clinic
Wed, Aug 05, 2020

Thirty new patients were registered at the centre in July alone.

PGI identified as site for phases 2, 3 of clinical trial of Oxford Covid vaccine
Tue, Aug 04, 2020

The Oxford Covid-19 voaccine, which was developed in association with the Swedish-British firm AstraZeneca, has already successfully undergone preliminary phase 1/2 human safety 1 and immunogenicity trials, the results of which were published in the Lancet as well.

Govt school students in Chandigarh struggle to access smartphones
Mon, Aug 03, 2020

While several parents and student have complaints regarding the excessive use of screen time for educational purposes now— the masses struggle to overcome the digital divide and ensure that their children have access to smartphones and screen time, so that they can pursue their education per usual.

Wearing mask is one’s best bet, N-95 suitable for frontliners: Material scientist
Mon, Aug 03, 2020

The scientist stressed that N-95 masks are the most suitable for medical practitioners or any other essential service provider who is likely to be in crowded spaces or in the vicinity of potential COVID-19 patients.

PU anthropology professor publishes paper on ‘Dignity and rights of the dead and their families’ during the coronavirus pandemic’
Sat, Aug 01, 2020

The paper states that though the medical implications of the pandemic have been continuously discussed, the cultural and social impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the lives of common people has been equally devastating.

With the doubling rate of a month, Chandigarh likely to have at least 2,000 cases by Aug-end
Fri, Jul 31, 2020

The doubling rate of cases, which is calculated by using the average growth rate of COVID-19 cases in the city in the past seven days, is only a rough parameter by which one can project the growth of the pandemic in the future.

Pvt labs begin antibody testing in UT, but experts say test is futile for individuals
Thu, Jul 30, 2020

Although, a cheaper alternative to RT PCR tests, experts state that antibody testing is useless to common citizens if they wish to know whether they have the disease, adding that it is only useful for serological surveys.

First patient from Bapu Dham Colony struggles to regain employment at GMCH-32
Wed, Jul 29, 2020

The man says that it is the false allegations and FIR levied against him for allegedly hosting a dinner party for more than a hundred people which has landed him in this position.

Chandigarh one of the worst in reporting coronavirus data, says Stanford study
Tue, Jul 28, 2020

The study aims to evaluate whether transparent and accessible data on Covid-19 was disseminated in states across India, which is “critical for public health efforts”.

PGI to test antigen kits on ‘pre-surgical’, non-Covid patients
Mon, Jul 27, 2020

A source from the hospital’s virology department states that the value of this study is in finding out whether a larger mass of patient can be efficiently screened for the disease, once OPDs open at hospitals.

PGI gets 10 ventilators through PM CARES fund, finds them faulty
Sat, Jul 25, 2020

GMCH-32 has also received 10 ventilators but has not faced any issue yet

Covid cases rising, PGIMER healthcare workers say not enough being done for them  
Thu, Jul 23, 2020

For now, the hospital continues to follow ICMR guidelines on quarantining and testing healthcare workers, which suggests a seven-day post-Covid duty quarantine period.

Students, teachers and parents alike concerned about long hours spent in front of screens
Tue, Jul 21, 2020

Keeping in mind the impact on students’ physical and mental health due to increasingly long hours of screen time, the MHRD released new guidelines mandating that only two virtual classes of 30 to 45 minutes each be held for students up till class eighth, and four classes of maximum one-hour length for students between class 9 to 12.

As 26 more test positive, Covid-19 spreads to 56 localities in Chandigarh
Mon, Jul 20, 2020

As COVID-19 cases continue to spike in the city, patients have been diagnosed in a total of 56 localities, including 39 sectors, in Chandigarh until Monday night.

Chandigarh, Panchkula among most equipped regions to battle Covid-19, shows Lancet study
Sat, Jul 18, 2020

In a list ranking all Indian states and union territories from the least vulnerable to the pandemic to the most, a study published in The Lancet ranks Chandigarh in fourth position, after the states of Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh.

As Covid cases rise in UT, patients with mild symptoms opt for home isolation
Fri, Jul 17, 2020

At present, as many as 20 COVID-19 patients are in home isolation.

Cancer patient, woman with diabetes die of coronavirus in Chandigarh, toll mounts to 10
Wed, Jul 15, 2020

12 new cases recorded, there are now 144 active cases in city.

‘Just because you’re different, doesn’t mean you can’t achieve great things’
Tue, Jul 14, 2020

I remember when I was a child, I was told that my life is ruined, but my father had faith in me and said that I have light inside of me. So, I was able to push myself and become who I am today”— Harleen Kaur.

Chandigarh: PGI doctors publish guidelines for hematological disorders’ treatment during Covid
Mon, Jul 13, 2020

According to the article, induction therapy for acute leukemia, and chemo therapy for other acute cancerous diseases, such as lymphomas and myelomas, should be treated as high priority diseases which require immediate intervention.

Due to coronavirus, demand for oximeters goes up in Chandigarh
Mon, Jul 13, 2020

Since the lack of oxygen in one’s body is seen as a major symptom of novel coronavirus, people have been increasingly using the device to monitor oxygen saturation level in their body while at home.

10% students from government schools have left Chandigarh, more plan to follow
Fri, Jul 10, 2020

With more migrant labourers planning to leave the city every day, it is likely that this number will increase in the next few weeks.

After testing negative twice, 57-yr-old tests positive at private hospital in Mohali
Thu, Jul 09, 2020

The 57-year-old begun complaining of fever and a sore throat on June 15, until which he was visiting his office everyday in Sector 27.

How Chandigarh is testing — and not testing
Wed, Jul 08, 2020

Since early June, the number of tests conducted per day have been in the range of 100 to 200.

21 including hospital, education department staff test positive
Tue, Jul 07, 2020

A total of 12 employees were sampled, of which nine tested positive.

Chandigarh: Urns collect in crematorium, guilt accumulates in people unable to perform loved ones’ last rites
Mon, Jul 06, 2020

Baldev Singh, a priest at the crematorium, said he has never seen so many urns get stacked without being collected by family members.

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