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ICC’s spit ban inconsequential if other precautions not taken
Wed, May 20, 2020

Merely banning bowlers from applying saliva to shine the ball might not be effective as testing protocols need to first be in place before resuming cricket.

Migrants back in Bihar show high positivity: 1 in 4 tested from Delhi
Tue, May 19, 2020

Of the 835 samples taken from migrant workers who returned from Delhi, as many as 218 were Covid positive. This works out to a positivity rate of over 26%, while the rate in the national capital is about 7%.

Most Shramik trains from Red zones, isolating migrants is new challenge
Mon, May 18, 2020

Of the destination stations, most fall in states like Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal. As many as 295 are in Green Zones, 223 are in hotspots while 482 are in Orange zones.

Next challenge for Odisha and Bihar: Virus coming home with migrants
Fri, May 15, 2020

The high positivity rate among migrant workers is raising concerns in Bihar which is a primary destination state for migrant labour. And when the testing of migrants returning through six inter-state borders, through which about 10,000 are entering each day, is yet to begin.

Covid & summer: Still an unsettled question
Tue, May 12, 2020

Despite initial suggestions that seasonality would strongly control Covid-19, the researchers said weather only explains 17% of the variation in Covid-19 growth rates.

‘The dream is to have zero cases but we’ll have to live with COVID-19 for quite some time’
Sun, May 10, 2020

In an e-Adda hosted by The Indian Express, Dr Randeep Guleria, Director, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), who is part of the core team monitoring the pandemic in India, spoke on what the lockdown has achieved, how we cannot lower our guard and learning to live with the virus

PSU begins kit procurement on ICMR’s behalf
Sat, May 09, 2020

The move comes after ICMR, on April 13, issued a tender asking central PSUs to act as procurement agencies for essential supplies related to COVID-19 testing.

Alarm over migrant workers as Odisha sees spike; Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh spar on coronavirus cases
Sat, May 09, 2020

Other districts in Odisha have also reported cases of labourers returning from Surat testing positive — Bhadrak (3), Kendrapora (5), Balasore (2), Mayubhanj (4) and Jagatsinghpur (4).

Four hospitals cleared to join WHO Solidarity trial, more to follow
Fri, May 08, 2020

The treatment options that have been selected are: Remdesivir; Lopinavir/ Ritonavir; Lopinavir/ Ritonavir with Interferon beta-1a; and Chloroquine or Hydroxychloroquine.

AC in the time of COVID: apprehensions, and what the guidelines say
Tue, May 05, 2020

The government has issued general guidelines on the use of air-conditioners. These are limited to temperature and relative humidity in the context of the virus.

Delhi government to pay private labs only if they use Mylab testing kit
Sun, May 03, 2020

As of March 24, the National Institute of Virology in Pune had cleared Mylab and German Altona Diagnostics to make test kits.

Lokpal member Justice A K Tripathi (Retd) dies of coronavirus
Sun, May 03, 2020

Justice AK Tripathi (retired) was one of the four judicial members of the Lokpal. He passed away due to the novel coronavirus.

Warning signs emerge in the East: Why Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar are the states to watch
Thu, Apr 30, 2020

Incidentally, West Bengal also has the fastest doubling time among large states in India, as pointed out in a graphical analysis by The Indian Express on Wednesday. Doubling time refers to the time taken for the number of cases to double.

24-hr shifts, TB kits: ICMR maths for 1 lakh tests daily
Sun, Apr 26, 2020

A new research paper by ICMR says the idea is to ramp up public testing to 1,00,000 tests daily by the end of May.

HCQ to new cases, AIIMS HoD on call for her patients though lockdown
Fri, Apr 24, 2020

While several doctors at AIIMS have been assigned COVID-19 duties, many senior faculty members from across departments are offering teleconsultation to ensure that the premier health facility remains available to patients who come to it from across the country.

Coronavirus: Sample testing shift: In Maharashtra, private labs overtake govt facilities
Thu, Apr 23, 2020

The official was referring to the court modifying its order and clarifying that free tests are only for Ayushman Bharat beneficiaries and economically weaker sections. The court ruled that the Centre’s price cap of Rs 4,500 per test would continue for others.

Coronavirus: Indore testing lower than required, say officials
Tue, Apr 21, 2020

The Additional Chief Secretary said that while Indore’s first case was identified on March 24, the numbers since then — close to 900 now — show that it is probable that there were cases that went undetected earlier.

HCQ boost, entry for workers: Himachal pharma hub comes alive
Mon, Apr 20, 2020

Pharma giants Cipla, Dr Reddy’s, Torrent and Zydus Cadila are among the majors that have been permitted to induct workers from “nearby areas, inside and outside the state” to ramp up production.

Tamil Nadu outlier but on an average, 69% of COVID-19 cases in each state from just 3 districts
Sat, Apr 18, 2020

Nationally, when it comes to recovered patients, more than half (55.55 per cent) come from these three districts in a state; also, an average 63.9 per cent of deaths, too, are from here.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): To use malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, or not to
Sat, Apr 18, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Rajasthan has cleared hydroxychloroquine for some police personnel, Mumbai police are being given the drug, and residents of two Mumbai slums are set to follow. What is the ICMR protocol, and the concerns?

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