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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?

Coronavirus: PSUs asked to act as procurement agencies by ICMR
Tue, Apr 14, 2020

The crucial decision comes in the backdrop of the delay in implementing the rapid antibody tests in high-density clusters (containment zones).

ICMR asks PSUs to act as procurement agency for COVID-19 testing essentials
Tue, Apr 14, 2020

The move comes as the Indian Council of Medical Research is under pressure over the delay in procuring testing kits for COVID-19.

Private labs endorse SC order on free COVID-19 tests, want to know: Who will cover cost?
Fri, Apr 10, 2020

At least one approved lab, Mumbai-headquartered Thyrocare, has decided to put on hold its COVID-19 testing until it receives further clarity on the situation. The firm said it had so far collected 2,000 samples.

K Srinath Reddy: ‘We have to wait for two more weeks to see if the curve has flattened’
Fri, Apr 10, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): "In this large country, we will need state wise or preferably even district wise assessments, as the calendar of the epidemic and its control will vary across the country. I will look at the number of new cases per day as a fraction of the number of lab and clinical assessments performed that day, using comparable criteria for case definition," said Professor K Srinath Reddy.

Explained: Will summer heat kill coronavirus? Some trends, but experts still advise caution
Tue, Apr 07, 2020

The temperature in several parts of India has crossed 30°C and is expected to touch 40°C in the northern regions in the next two weeks. What will it mean to the survival of the novel coronavirus?

Lockdown strains economy, but key to containing virus: AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria
Thu, Apr 02, 2020

In a detailed interview to The Indian Express in which he explained a range of issues from testing to India’s relatively low numbers, Dr Guleria was asked what his advice would be to the government on the next steps.

Govt considers shift in policy, milder cases may not require hospitalisation
Thu, Apr 02, 2020

As per the guidelines on clinical management of COVID-19 issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, patients with mild symptoms, “may not” require hospitalisation “unless there is a concern for rapid deterioration”.

An Expert Explains: ‘We are lucky cases have not skyrocketed, but I don’t think we should sit back,’ says AIIMS Director
Thu, Apr 02, 2020

Dr Randeep Guleria, AIIMS Director and India’s top pulmonologist, is a member of the high-level technical committee to guide strategies for COVID-19 prevention and control. He speaks to The Indian Express.

Tablighi Jamaat: Its purpose, how it runs
Thu, Apr 02, 2020

Tablighi Jamaat: The proselytising movement aims to reach out to ordinary Muslims and revive their faith, particularly in matters of ritual, dress, and personal behaviour.

Coronavirus: Pharma giant readies five-minute test, may bring it to India, too
Mon, Mar 30, 2020

Currently, the ID NOW COVID-19 test is available only in the United States as this is where most of the company’s ID NOW instruments are in use, the Abbott spokesperson said.

ICMR guidelines for antibody kits: Not recommended for diagnosis
Sat, Mar 28, 2020

The Indian Express on March 26 had reported about the limitation of the serological test - that it can only be used for screening, and that patients will have to undergo the RTPCR test for diagnosis of COVID-19 infection.

Taking testing cue from South Korea, ICMR seeks 5 lakh antibody kits
Fri, Mar 27, 2020

Currently, India is only conducting the RT-PCR test; the government has fixed a Rs 4,500-cap for a RT-PCR test in a private laboratory. The ICMR has also asked suppliers for a quotation on procurement of 7 lakh RNA extraction kits.

Hasmukh Rawal: ‘10,000-15,000 samples per day… will make test kits affordable’
Wed, Mar 25, 2020

Pune-based molecular diagnostic startup Mylab has received approval from the regulatory body to sell its kits to labs testing samples for COVID-19.

Pune firm among two that get clearance for coronavirus test kits
Tue, Mar 24, 2020

The moves come in the backdrop of criticism from various quarters about restricting commercial kits only those approved by USFDA or European CE.

Explained: What is herd immunity?
Thu, Mar 19, 2020

UK has retracted under criticism after suggesting it would allow COVID-19 to pass through the population, so that ‘herd community’ could be achieved. What is this concept, why was the strategy questionable?

Coronavirus: Private labs ready to help, Dr Dangs says govt caution correct
Tue, Mar 17, 2020

The government currently has 52 labs exclusively designated to test patients for Covid-19.

We hid, we found no witnesses, we were outnumbered: Delhi Police say in riot FIRs
Fri, Mar 13, 2020

Starting February 24, violence spread rapidly across northeast Delhi, leading to 53 deaths across the next three days at last count. Since then, police have registered 712 FIRs and arrested over 200 accused.

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