Saturday, September 19, 2020

Punjab CS asks manufacturers to ramp up Medical Oxygen production to save lives from Covid

CHANDIGARH: Amid growing nationwide concerns of shortage of Medical Oxygen for COVID patients, Punjab Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan on Saturday asked Oxygen manufacturers in the state to ramp up production, while directing the concerned government departments to ensure 24X7 power availability and adequate supply of empty cylinders to ensure uninterrupted and seamless manufacturing.

Nepal Covid-19 cases top 61k with record high daily spike

KATHMANDU:The overall Covid-19 cases in Nepal has increased to 61,653 after the Himalayan country reported a record high spike in the number of single-day infections, according to the Ministry of Health and Population.

Over 93K Covid cases take India tally across 53L

NEW DELHI: Continuing with its massive daily spike, India recorded 93,337 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, taking its overall tally across the 53-lakh mark, data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare showed on Saturday.

There were 1,247 deaths in a day as 53,08,014 cases were registered with India remaining just behind the US, which it has overtaken in terms of recoveries.

Brazil's Covid death toll tops 135,000

RIO DE JANEIRO: Another 858 Covid-19 patients have died in Brazil, raising the country's death toll to 135,793, the Brazilian Ministry of Health said.

Meanwhile, 39,797 new cases were registered over the past 24 hours, bringing the total caseload to 4,495,183, the Ministry said on Friday, Xinhua reported.

Trump expects Covid vaccine to be available for 'every American' by April

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has said that the United States would produce enough coronavirus vaccine doses for "every American" by April 2021.

The president told a White House news conference on Friday that the country will have at least 100 million doses of vaccine by the end of the year, or "likely much more than that", Xinhua reported.

Bamboo cookies, honey bottles to boost immunity for Tripura people

AGARTALA: Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Friday launched bamboo cookies and bamboo made honey bottles that will help in boosting people's immunity and livelihood as well.

Deb, who is also holding the Health, Industries and Commerce Departments, later in a tweet said : "On the occasion of World Bamboo Day, launched bamboo cookies and bamboo made honey bottle.

Floods, landslides disrupt life in Arunachal, Assam; two dead

ITANAGAR/GUWAHATI: At least two people have lost their lives due to landslides and floods in Arunachal Pradesh, while 33,200 people were affected in three Assam districts, officials said on Friday.

According to the officials, thousands of people were affected due to the fresh floods caused by the incessant rains in certain regions of the two northeastern states, which had experienced devastating floods until first week of August.

Maha notches more cures than new infections; 440 deaths

MUMBAI: In a rare occurrence, Maharashtra on Friday notched more Covid-19 recoveries compared to new cases, besides recording 440 deaths, health officials said here.

The state recorded 21,656 new cases, lower than the highest tally of 24,886 recorded on September 11, taking Maharashtra's Covid tally to 11,67,496.

No curbs should be placed on movement of medical oxygen: MHA

NEW DELHI: The Union Ministry of Home Affairs on Friday said that medical oxygen is an essential public health commodity and any disruption in its supplies may critically impact management of Covid-19 patients as it stressed that "no restriction" be imposed on its movement between the states.

Karnataka's Covid tally crosses 5 lakh

BENGALURU: With 8,626 fresh cases across the state on Friday, Karnataka's Covid-19 tally crossed the 5 lakh mark, while 10,949 people were discharged after treatment in the last 24 hours.

"The number of positive cases across the state is 5,02,982, including 1,01,129 active cases, while 3,94,026 cases were discharged since March 8," said the health bulletin.

HCL sets up Covid facilities at LNJP and DDU hospital

NEW DELHI: In a noble gesture, the HCL foundation has helped set-up isolation and treatment units for the Covid-19 disease at two government hospitals here.

The foundation donated 150 beds, an ambulance with life support, and a team of over 120 doctors, nurses, paramedics, and general duty assistants, to the Covid facilities at Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital and Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU) hospital.

Goof up in Kerala hospital as wrong body handed over to kin

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: It was a costly goof up by the authorities at the Palakkad district hospital in Kerala, when a tribal woman's body was handed over to another family, whose member had died and tested Covid positive.

Trouble started when the police on Friday came to the hospital to take the body of the tribal woman who fell into a lake, for completing their probe into an unnatural death.

Covid patients in Raj can have home-cooked food and meet family members

JAIPUR: Providing relief to Covid-infected patients in the state, Rajasthan State Health Minister Dr Raghu Sharma allowed family members to meet them by wearing PPE kits and also permitted them to provide them with home-cooked food.

Separate queue for Covid patients at polling booths in Bihar polls

PATNA: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has has asked authorities to prepare a separate voters list for Corona-positive patients.

The decision was taken on Friday amid campaigning for the Bihar elections, expected to be held in October or November this year.

India scales another peak of Single day Recoveries

NEW DELHI: India has recorded an unprecedented high of single day recoveries.

87,472 active cases have recovered and been discharged in the past 24 hours from home/facility supervised care and hospitals.

India has been consistently reporting a very high level of daily recoveries of more than 70,000 since the past 11 days.
The Recovery Rate has further escalated to 78.86% today. The total recovered cases thus stand at 41,12,551.

Early Detection Centres for Cancer

NEW DELHI: The information regarding estimated incidence of cancer cases in the country is based on National Cancer Registry Programme (NCRP) of Indian Council of Medical Research. The latest report of NCRP is for the year 2020, which is based on data for the period 2012-16, as compared to earlier report of 2016, which was based on data for the period 2012-14.

Delay in Surgeries Due to Corona

NEW DELHI: There have been reports in the media regarding planned surgeries being cancelled/affected due to Covid-19 pandemic. However, Public Health & Hospitals being State subjects, such information is not maintained centrally.

As far as three Central Government Hospitals in Delhi viz. Safdarjung,  Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) and Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC) & Associated Hospitals, are concerned, elective operation theatres were closed w.e.f. 18.03.2020 and elective surgeries resumed w.e.f. 01.09.2020 in Safdarjung Hospital. 

Procedure for Research on Vaccine

NEW DELHI: The Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) has informed that the requirements and guidelines to conduct clinical trial or grant of permission for marketing of new drugs including vaccines are prescribed under New Drugs and Clinical Trials Rules, 2019.

Recruitment of Ayurvedic Medical Officers in AIIMS

NEW DELHI: AIIMS Bhubaneswar has conducted recruitment for Ayurvedic Medical Officers in which 01 post of Senior Medical Officer (Ayurveda) and 02 posts of Medical Officer (Ayurveda) were advertised against which 01 post of Senior Medical Officer (Ayurveda) and 02 posts of Medical Officer (Ayurveda) were filled up. However, one candidate resigned from the post of Medical Officer (Ayurveda) and current filled up position stands at 01 post of Senior Medical Officer (Ayurveda) and 01 post of Medical Officer (Ayurveda).

105 inmates test Covid positive in UP jail

PILIBHIT (Uttar Pradesh): The Pilibhit jail in Uttar Pradesh has reported 105 cases of Covid-19 among the inmates.

The jail has a capacity for 802 prisoners, but has 946 inmates at the moment.

Covid effort: Maha to recruit 2,852 medical students from campus

MUMBAI: As the Covid-19 situation remains critical, the Maharashtra government has decided to draft 2,852 medical students right from their campuses to work in hospitals across the state, Medical Education Minister Amit V. Deshmukh said here on Thursday.

Covid-19 scene remains grim in Agra region

AGRA: With 118 fresh cases and 117 deaths till now, the Covid-19 scene in Agra remains grim. Health officials said the rising graph of infection was a matter for worry, though all required measures were being taken to control the spread.

K'taka BJP Rajya Sabha MP Gasti succumbs to Covid

BENGALURU: Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) newly elected Rajya Sabha member from Karnataka Ashok Gasti succumbed to coronavirus at a private hospital in the city, an official said on Thursday night. He was 55.

"Gasti passed away at 10.31 p.m. He was critically ill with multi-organ failure on a life support system in the intensive care unit," Manipal Hospital director Manish Rai said in a statement here.

Kerala records highest one-day spike of 4,351 Covid cases

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala on Thursday registered the highest one-day spike of 4,351 Covid cases, health officials said.

" At present 34,314 people are Covid positive, while 87,345 people has been cured. 45,370 samples was tested in the past 24 hours," said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan

Rajasthan MP declared Covid negative again; questions ICMR

JAIPUR: Nagaur MP Hanuman Beniwal, who was declared Covid-19 positive in Delhi before the commencement of Parliament's Monsoon Session, and later tested negative for Covid-19 in Rajasthan, was declared Covid-19 negative again on Thursday after the fifth test.

Smoking linked to bleeding in the brain: Study

LONDON: Smoking most likely has a significant share in all cases of subarachnoid haemorrhage, the most fatal type of cerebrovascular disturbances in the brain, warn researchers.

The study, published in the journal Stroke, reaffirmed a link between smoking and subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH), a type of bleeding stroke that occurs under the membrane that covers the brain and is frequently fatal.

Opposition submits memorandum to Prez for 'fair probe' in Delhi riots

NEW DELHI: A delegation of opposition leaders met President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday and demanded a fair probe into the northeast Delhi riots while alleging that the investigation has been biased and many activists and political leaders have been wrongly named.

Home Minister Amit Shah discharged from AIIMS

NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Amit Shah was discharged from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Thursday evening at 5 p.m., four days after being admitted for a complete medical check-up, hospital sources said.

On September 13, Shah was admitted to the apex hospital for a complete check-up ahead of the monsoon session of Parliament. This was the third time he was admitted to hospital after contracting coronavirus infection.

Gowda expects Indian pharma industry to be among the first one to develop and supply low cost vaccines for covid-19

NEW DELHI: Union Minister for Chemical and Fertilizers D V Sadananda Gowda has lauded the contribution of Indian pharma industry during the testing time of COVID expressing confidence that Indian pharma industry will be among the first one to develop and supply low cost vaccines for this pandemic.

Increase in Domestic Violence against Women during Lockdown Period

NEW DELHI: As per the information received from National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) for the period from April 2020 to June 2020, legal aid and assistance has been provided in 2878 domestic violence cases and petition has been filed in 452 cases under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 (PWDVA). 694 cases have been resolved through counselling/ mediation.

Supply of Meals to Students during the Lockdown

NEW DELHI: State Governments and UT Administrations have been advised to provide Food Security Allowance (FSA) comprising of foodgrains, pulses, oil etc (equivalent to cooking cost) to all eligible children till such time as their schools are closed due to aforesaid pandemic. The modalities for this purpose are decided by the respective States and UTs, according to the prevailing circumstances. States and UTs have also been advised to take necessary precautionary measures in view of the situation caused by COVID-19.

India records more than 82,000 Recoveries for two days in a row

NEW DELHI: India has been registering very high recoveries for two consecutive days. More than 82,000 COVID patients have been cured and discharged in the past two days.

82,961 active cases were found free of COVID in the last 24 hours.

To guarantee accessibility of necessary medical devices at genuine cost NPPA extends ceiling prices of Knee Implants till 14th September 2021

NEW DELHI: To ensure accessibility of necessary medical devices to the common man at genuine cost ,drug price regulator, National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) under the Department of Pharmaceuticals ,Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers has extended ceiling prices of Knee Implants for another one year, i.e. till 14thSeptember 2021.

New Zealand reports 7 new Covid-19 cases

WILLINGTON: New Zealand on Thursday reported seven new coronavirus cases, all detected in a managed isolation facility, taking the total to 1,458, said the Ministry of

S.Korea reports 153 new Covid-19 cases

SEOUL: South Korea reported 153 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, raising the total number of infections to 22,657.

Brazil's Chamber of Deputies Prez tests Covid-19 positive

BRASILIA: Rodrigo Maia, President of Brazil's Chamber of Deputies, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, his press office said.

22 Pak educational institutions close in 48 hrs

ISLAMABAD: At least 22 educational institutions across Pakistan have closed in the last 48 hours due to non-compliance of health protocols or standard operating procedures (SOPs), according to the National Command Operation Center.

Covid deaths in Telangana breach 1,000 mark

 HYDERABAD:The number of deaths due to Covid-19 in Telangana crossed the 1,000-mark on Thursday with nine more deaths while 2,159 new cases pushed the state's tally to over 1.65 lakh.

Antibody treatment found to cut Covid hospitalisation risk

NEW YORK: Raising hope of Covid-19 treatment at an early stage, an antibody therapy has been found to quickly reduce SARS-CoV-2 viral load in newly infected patients and cut hospitalisation risk, US-based pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly said, while revealing interim results of a clinical trial.

Several WH staffers reportedly test Covid-19 positive

WASHINGTON:Several White House staffers have reportedly tested positive for the novel coronavirus, but Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has refused to confirm the news.

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