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Friday, April 03, 2020

Karishma Mehrotra


Need to add new test & quarantine plan to lockdown: ICMR research
Fri, Apr 03, 2020

The study, led by Sandip Mandal of the ICMR’s Department of Health Research, estimates that the current 21-day lockdown will reduce epidemic peak by 43 per cent and total mortality by 19 per cent.

Govt officials can now track COVID-19 data with an app
Thu, Apr 02, 2020

The group also includes Department of Telecommunications Secretary Anshu Prakash, ICMR Additional Director General GS Toteja, and Cabinet Secretariat Joint Secretary Bharat Khera.

Explained: The rate of COVID-19 spread in India, world
Thu, Apr 02, 2020

Although COVID-19 cases have grown faster over the last one week, the transmission rate in India is lower than elsewhere, experts note. A comparison of growth in cases, deaths between India and other countries.

Lists of Covid names raise issues of public health vs private information
Sun, Mar 29, 2020

From West Bengal which restricts information to health staff to states that make public lists of those in quarantine .

Raipur to Tamil Nadu, civic bodies look at drones to sanitise areas faster, safer
Sun, Mar 29, 2020

With trains and flights out of question, drone manufacturer Garuda Aerospace is sending eight drones and eight drone pilots by road from Chennai to Raipur on Saturday.

Govt hospitals should have 1 critical care unit to combat corona: ICMR
Fri, Mar 27, 2020

In a guidance to build such “well-equipped dedicated health facilities (DHF)”, the ICMR focuses on building new bio-security wards, or creating makeshift facilities in tertiary healthcare facilities.

Lockdown log: Companies, governments prepare for Internet spike
Thu, Mar 26, 2020

From government data center operations to Silicon Valley companies, measures are in place to adjust to the changing landscape.

Explained: Why quarantine works better than airport screening
Wed, Mar 25, 2020

A new ICMR paper’s hypothetical model finds quarantining 50% of symptomatic cases within 3 days of symptoms would reduce overall cases by 62% and peak number of cases by 89% in an optimistic scenario. In a pessimistic scenario, these numbers would be 2% and 8% respectively.

State govts learn from S Korea, Singapore to trace coronavirus cases
Sun, Mar 22, 2020

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has told the Mumbai Police to track movements of those quarantined using phone GPS location.

Explained: In health & healthcare, where Indian stands among countries hit by COVID-19
Sat, Mar 21, 2020

Early research from Italy and China suggests that COVID-19 patients who died those countries were more likely to have had pre-existing health conditions, namely diabetes, chronic kidney disease, and cardiovascular diseases.

ICMR random tests show no community spread, WHO praises Govt
Wed, Mar 18, 2020

The ICMR had picked 1,020 random samples of people with severe acute respiratory illness pneumonia and influenza-like symptoms for testing for Covid-19.

COVID-19: Third death, Govt allows use of anti-HIV drugs for high-risk patients above the age of 60
Wed, Mar 18, 2020

63-yr-old dies in Mumbai; ICMR says in talks with 51 private labs

Why ICMR will not expand coronavirus tests: Not rational given India size
Tue, Mar 17, 2020

ICMR on coronavirus testing: India has conducted roughly 6,000 tests so far, lower than the US (8,000), Japan (9,600), France (12,000), the UK (13,000), and Italy (23,000). South Korea has conducted as many as 2 lakh, which experts see as the reason for their significantly declining numbers.

ICMR senior scientist: ‘Have 1.5 lakh test kits and have ordered 1 million more’
Tue, Mar 17, 2020

ICMR senior scientist Nivedita Gupta said, "Right now our inclusion criteria is only symptomatic travelers and symptomatic contacts of lab-confirmed infected."

Coronavirus outbreak: As work heads home, agencies bolster digital capacity
Sun, Mar 15, 2020

On Friday, the DoT relaxed the rules for “Other Service Providers” (OSPs) to create “Work from Home” facilities without requiring prior permission. OSPs are defined as tele-banking, tele-medicene, tele-trading, e-commerce, and other non-telecom services.

Explained: Why follow social distancing, in data
Tue, Mar 17, 2020

With public gatherings restricted worldwide, the question is how such moves affect COVID-2019 trends. A look at how the outbreak curve shapes, with or without social distancing, and why a flatter curve helps

In Lok Sabha, Amit Shah says Delhi rioters identified using facial scan
Thu, Mar 12, 2020

Amit Shah told Lok Sabha on Wednesday that the authorities used facial recognition from Voter ID cards, driver licences, and other databases to identify that 300 people involved in the Delhi riots came from Uttar Pradesh.

Explained: Amid coronavirus outbreak, how information can be an epidemic too
Sat, Mar 07, 2020

This is not the first time that a global outbreak has been accompanied by misinformed claims on social media.

Security focus lacking in tech development: NTRO chief
Sat, Mar 07, 2020

NTRO, established in 2004, is housed under the National Security Advisor in the Prime Minister's Office and focuses on intelligence gathering.

To check ‘hate messages’: Govt plans new norms for social media platforms
Fri, Mar 06, 2020

The issue was discussed in a meeting held by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Tuesday in which social media firms came under severe criticism.