Karnataka government asks the Kumbh Mela returnees to isolate themselves at home on return. It has asked the pilgrims to get the RT-PCR test and then can carry on with their daily activities only when the test is negative. Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar tweeted requesting the pilgrims to strictly follow the SOPs.
Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraja Bommai, on April 15, said that strict action will be taken against creating false scarcity of Remdesivir. He said that Health Ministry has already stated that there is no scarcity of the drug in the state and it is being sold at a price much higher than the original. Bommai said the government will keep track of the supply storage and distribution under the Epidemic Act.
To tackle the increasing cases of COVID-19 patients in Mumbai, the BMC officials have instructed the hospitals to tie up with hotels to treat patients with mild symptoms. In order to accommodate more patients, the doctors have approved the transfer of patients to hotel who require less medical attention. However, transfer of patients will ensure vacant beds for the patents who need critical care.
Dr. Reddy's Laboratories is expected to receive 250 million doses of Russian vaccine ‘Sputnik V’ between April and June. Reportedly, the supply will be determined by considering the number of doses requested by the Centre and the cold chain mechanism in place to deliver them throughout the country. While, currently, Sputnik is negotiating with the government regarding the price, India will use the Russian Direct Investment Fund for its… read-more
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Evaluating huge surge in COVID-19 cases in Telangana, the Director for Public Health Dr. Srinivas Rao on April 14 made a consequential caution to the state people. He urged people to wear masks and follow COVID-19 protocols. "The situation might get worsened in the next four to six weeks, despite the government’s complete efforts. If the same situation prevails, it would be difficult to accommodate beds (for COVID-19 patients) in the… read-more
The Bombay High Court denied permission to a mosque in Mumbai for conducting mass prayers during Ramadan. Terming the COVID-19 situation “serious and critical” the bench called it impeccable to break the COVID chain. Court said while religious rights are important, ensuring safety of citizens is the paramount importance. Earlier, the petitioner Juma Masjid Mosque Trust had said that mosque's wide campus can accommodate 7,000 people at a time… read-more
Considering the pressure on doctors due to massive surge in COVID cases, the UP government has decided to deploy fourth and fifth-year MBBS students at hospitals. The decision came after the state government announced the cancelation of MBBS exams amid rising cases of infections. Reportedly, the private labs and hospitals will also be used as COVID facilities to increase the medical infrastructure in the state.
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In another instance of medical negligence in Jharkhand, Hazaribagh resident Pawan Gupta succumbed to COVID-19 complications in the parking lot of Ranchi's Sadar hospital on April 12. Following his death, Gupta's daughter wailed loud in the hospital screaming, "We kept shouting for a doctor for half-an-hour but no one came." She also lashed out at State Health Minister Banna Gupta, who was on inspection, for visiting the hospital for votes.… read-more
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The Indian government has approved the use of foreign vaccines following a huge surge in the COVID-19 cases. The National Expert Committee on Vaccine Administration's chairman, VK Paul said, "We hope and we invite the vaccine makers such as Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and others...as early as possible." However, the aim of this move is to speed up the vaccination drive and help states to tackle pandemic.
WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has predicted that pandemic is 'a long way from over' but can be controlled in coming months, following health protocols. Speaking with reporters at Geneva, Ghebreyesus highlighted last week's count, fourth-highest number of cases in a week. Moreover, addressing the medical incongruity causing deaths, he advised to maintain social distancing, hygiene, surveillance, contact tracing to break COVID chain as… read-more
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