Saturday, September 26, 2020

PGI Chandigarh starts Oxford Covid vaccine trial

CHANDIGARH: The Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, has administered the first dose of Oxford Covid-19 vaccine -- Covishield -- to three candidates on Friday, informed PGI Chandigarh Director Prof Jagat Ram.

8,655 new cases push Karnataka Covid tally to 5.57-lakh

BENGALURU: With 8,655 new cases on Friday, Covid-19 tally in Karnataka touched 5,57,212, including 98,474 active cases till date.

"With 5,644 treated in the last 24 hours, 4,50,302 have been discharged across the state so far, while 8,417 succumbed to the virus, including 86 during the last 24 hours," said the state health bulletin here.

Harsh Vardhan lauds AIIMS contribution in fight against COVID-19

NEW DELHI: On the occasion of 65th foundation of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), the Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurated an e-exhibition themed 'AIIMS in the times of COVID-19' highlighting the contribution of the premier institute to deal with the COVID-19 led public health emergency, on Friday.

Hetero launches 'patient compliant pack' of Favivir for Covid treatment

HYDERABAD: Hetero, one of India's leading generic pharmaceutical companies and the world's largest producer of anti-retroviral drugs, on Friday announced the launch of first-ever "patient compliant pack" of Favivir 800/200 for the treatment of mild-to-moderate symptomatic Covid-19 patients in India.

COVID-19 survivor continues to care for B'luru hospital patients

BENGALURU: Setting an example in compassion and selfless service, a senior nurse continues to diligently care for patients at Manipal Hospital here after surviving COVID-19.

"While taking care of coronavirus patients as a professional nurse, Mamtaz Begum also caught the infection. She remained unfazed and fought the corona battle valiantly, and came out of the ordeal as a great survivor," Manipal Hospital's Regional Chief Operating Officer for Bengaluru and Tamil Nadu cluster, Deepak Venugopalan, told IANS here.

Daily Covid cases in Kerala heading 'north' as 6477 more test positive

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: On Friday, Kerala recorded the highest daily Covid positive cases at 6477.

A statement issued here by Health Minister K.K. Shailaja said the day also saw the highest number of recoveries of 3481 people.

"At present there are 48,892 active cases, while 1,11,331 people have been cured. In the past 24 hours 56,057 samples were tested," said Shailaja.

Assam announces new quarantine rules for air passengers

GUWAHATI: The Assam government on Friday announced new quarantine rules for air passengers, slashing the home quarantine to a day if they come out negative in an expedited test.

Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told the media that to avoid a crowd at the airport, the state government has launched an online app for passengers to submit entry forms.

1,218 new cases take J&K's Covid tally to 69,832

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir on Friday reported 1,218 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking the Union Territory's coronavirus tally to 69,832, while 21 deaths in the last 24 hours took the UT's death toll to 1,105.

A statement issued by the Information and Public Relations Department said that of the 1,218 new cases, 642 were from Jammu division and 576 from Kashmir division.

Maha to create 'Health Map' with Covid campaign: Thackeray

MUMBAI: Two days after the Centre took note of Maharashtra's unique "My Family, My Responsibility" Covid-19 initiative, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday announced that the campaign will be taken ahead to create a state "Health Map" for a healthier and happier population.

Historic reform in Medical Education: National Medical Commission (NMC) constituted

NEW DELHI: Historic reform in the field of medical education has been effectedby the Union Government with the constitution of the National Medical Commission (NMC), along with four Autonomous Boards. With this, the decades old institution of the Medical Council of India (MCI) stands abolished. Along with NMC, the four Autonomous Boards ofUG and PG Medical Education Boards, Medical Assessment and Rating Board, and Ethics and Medical Registration Board have also been constituted to help the NMC in day to day functioning.

India’s Recoveries on a Steep Upward trend, cross 47.5 lakh

NEW DELHI: On the day when India’s has registered the highest number of tests in a single day with nearly 15 lakhs tests conducted in the last 24 hours, the trend of high recoveries continues unabated.

More than 47.5 lakh (47,56,164) patients have recovered so far. 81,177 patients recovered in the last 24 hours.

Harsh Vardhan inaugurates 65th Foundation Day celebrations of AIIMS, New Delhi

NEW DELHI: Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare and President, AIIMS presided over an event to mark the 65th Foundation Day of AIIMS, New Delhi in the presence of Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare.This day marks the beginning of undergraduate teaching at AIIMS and was the day the first batch of MBBS classes was held in 1956.

India scales a historic PEAK, records all-time High of DAILY TESTING

NEW DELHI: India has scaled a historic peak in the fight against COVID-19. In a landmark achievement, for the first time, a record of very high number of nearly 15 lakh COVID tests has been conducted in a single day.

With 14,92,409 tests conducted in the last 24 hours, the cumulative tests have touched nearly 7 crore (6,89,28,440).

Ayush Ministry to take up clinical study on the potential of Vasa (AdhatodaVasica) and Guduchi for the management of Covid-19

NEW DELHI: In view of the need for accelerated solutions for Covid-19, the Ministry of AYUSH has taken up systematic studies on different possible solutions through multiple channels. As part of this effort, a proposal for a clinical study to assess the role of Vasa Ghana, Guduchi Ghana and Vasa-Guduchi Ghana in therapeutic management of symptoms in Covid-19 positive cases has recently been approved. 

AYUSH Ministry organized National webinar on Nutrition Science and Advancements

NEW DELHI: As part of the “AYUSH for Immunity” campaign of the Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India, a webinar on Nutrition Science and Advancements, titled POSHAN AAHAR was conducted recently. Experts, researchers, Clinical Nutritionists, Surgeons and Yoga& Naturopathy physicians were participated in the webinar. The webinar was organised by the Central Council for Research in Yoga & Naturopathy (CCRYN), an Autonomous Body under the Ministry of AYUSH.

Commencement of Yoga Break at Work Place by the Ministry of AYUSH from today

NEW DELHI: Activities for promoting the “Yoga Break” protocol of the Ministry of AYUSH, which were suspended after the onset of the Covid-19 protocol, have been resumed with effect from today. This five minute protocol is intended to introduce people at the work place to Yoga, and also to help them to take a break from the work schedule and to refresh and re-focus.

India reports 86,052 new Covid cases

NEW DELHI: India has reported 86,052 new Covid-19 cases and 1,141 deaths in the last 24 hours taking its tally to 58,18,570, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Friday.

Students self-isolating after Covid-19 outbreaks in UK varsities

LONDON: Hundreds of students have self-isolated after several universities across the UK reported major coronavirus outbreaks on campus just days into the new academic year, media reports said.

In a report on Thursday, the BBC said that the latest outbreak at Glasgow University has led to 124 students testing positive and the university said about 600 people were self-isolating, reports Xinhua news agency.

Gujarat sees 1,408 more coronavirus cases, 14 deaths

GANDHINAGAR: Gujarat on Thursday recorded 1,408 new coronavirus cases, taking its tally to 1,28,949, while the death toll reached 3,384 as 14 more patients succumbed.

In September so far, Gujarat has added 32,514 cases, with a daily average of almost 1,355 cases.

Active Covid cases drop below 70k in Andhra Pradesh

AMARAVATI: Active coronavirus cases in Andhra Pradesh dropped below 70,000 on Thursday to 69,353, even as 7,855 new positive cases increased the state's overall tally to 6.54 lakh.

Currently, East Godavari district is battling the highest number of active cases with 11,395 infections, overtaking Prakasam district's 10,639.

Another Kolkata Police officer succumbs to Covid-19

KOLKATA: An assistant sub-inspector (ASI) rank officer of Kolkata Police died of Covid-19 on Thursday.

Tushar Kanti Koley, who was posted at Haridevpur police station in south Kolkata, had tested positive for Covid-19 a few weeks ago.

Maha: Covid deaths cross 34K, new cases remain high

MUMBAI: Maharashtra added another 1,000 Covid-19 deaths in 72 hours to shoot past the 34,000-mark even as new cases continued to remain in the upper echelons though the recovery rate improved, health officials said here on Thursday.

The state recorded 19,164 new cases - lower than the highest tally of 24,886 (September 11) - which pushed the state's total up from 12,63,799 to 12,82,963 cases till date.

21 AYUSH Health & Wellness Centres to be inaugurated in Jammu and Kashmir tomorrow

NEW DELHI: Shripad Yesso Naik, Union Minister for AYUSH and Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State PMO will jointly launch the Post-Harvest Management Centre for Medicinal Plants at Bhaderwah as well as 21 AYUSH Health & Wellness Centres in Jammu and Kashmir tomorrow. The inauguration will be done through a digital event. Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary Ministry of AYUSH will also participate in the program.

Self Help Groups and their federations of DAY-NRLM, MoRD participating actively in Rashtriya POSHAN Maah 2020 to improve awareness on health and nutrition issues across the country

NEW DELHI: September month is celebrated as Rashtriya POSHAN Maah each year to give momentum to convergence and behaviour change efforts as envisioned under the POSHAN Abhiyaan (2018), Prime Minister’s Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nourishment to reduce undernutrition in adolescents, pregnant and lactating mothers and children.

eSanjeevani OPD of Health Ministry completes 3 lakh tele-consultations within six months of launch

NEW DELHI: eSanjeevani OPD platform of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has completed 3 lakh tele-consultations. This landmark milestone has been achieved within a short period of six months since its launch.

eSanjeevani OPD services have enabled patient-to-doctor telemedicine in midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. This has helped in containing the spread of COVID by ensuring physical distancing and has simultaneously enabled provisions for non-COVID essential healthcare. The number of high tele-consultations is a testimony of its popularity among the citizens.

India reports steady trend of higher New Recoveries than New Cases for the 6th successive day

NEW DELHI: With its focussed strategies and effective people-centric measures, India is reporting exponential increase in recoveries.

New recoveries in India have exceeded the new cases for the last six days. This is a result of focus on testing, tracing, treatment, surveillance and clear messaging, as highlighted by Prime Minister in his review meeting with seven high focus States/UTs yesterday.

90962 volunteers of Youth services department caution people against rumours of corona pandemic, says Rana Sodhi

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Sports and Youth Services Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi today said that awareness programs were conducted in 9355 villages and towns of the state under the week long campaign against rumours of Corona pandemic to stop the misleading propaganda of the anti-social elements.


Agra reports 104 fresh Covid cases

AGRA: The Agra region continues to battle Covid-19 spread after in the past 24 hours, 104 fresh cases of the coronavirus were reported and one death.

The total number of cases now according to the District Magistrate P.N. Singh is 5,229. So far 4,153 have been discharged after recovery and the number of active cases stands at 956. Officials said 579 were in home isolation.

4 UP private hospitals served notices after 48 Covid deaths

LUCKNOW: The Lucknow administration has served notices to four private hospitals for laxity in treating Covid patients after reports of 48 patients who were referred to these hospitals died.

Chandan hospital, Mayo hospital, Charak hospital and Apollo hospital have been found guilty of delay in starting treatment in holding/isolation area, conducting Covid tests and shifting patients to Covid wards.

Covid positive K'taka Congress MLA critical

BENGALURU: Karnataka Congress legislator B. Narayan Rao is battling for life at a private hospital in the city after he was diagnosed of Covid infection, an official said on Wednesday.

"Rao was admitted to our hospital on September 1, with the diagnosis of severe Covid infection. He is in a very critical state with multi-organ failure on multiple support systems, including ventilator," said Manipal Hospital Director Manish Rai in a statement here.

PM tells K'taka to increase testing, surveillance to contain Covid

BENGALURU: Lauding Karnataka for conducting Covid tests in a scientific way, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday told the southern state to increase surveillance and ramp up testing to check the pandemic.

"Increase surveillance and ramp-up RT-PCR tests to three-fold. Focus more on nine districts which have the highest number of deaths," Modi told state Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa during a video conference from New Delhi.

Mos Railways Suresh Angadi succumbs to Covid-19 in AIIMS

NEW DELHI: Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi succumbed to Covid-19 at New Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences on Wednesday evening.

The 65-year-old MP from Belagavi in Karnataka was admitted in the trauma centre of AIIMS for treatment of Coronavirus disease and was undergoing treatment under Dr. Neeraj Nischal, associate professor in the department of medicine.

Haryana performing 'outstandingly' in Covid fight: Govt

NEW DELHI: Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla on Wednesday said Haryana has performed "outstandingly" in COVID-19 management, however the officials need to be cautious owing to the upcoming festive season.

The Union Home Secretary was holding a review meeting to tackle the COVID-19 crisis in the National Capital Region (NCR).

Capt Amarinder urges PM to ensure adequate Medical Oxygen supplies for Punjab from other states

CHANDIGARH: Amid apprehensions of shortages with rising cases, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday urged the Prime Minister to direct urgent steps to ensure adequate supplies from other states, and also sought expeditious release of Rs 200 crore that the state government had requested as the next tranche of central aid for Covid management.

India maintains trend of High Recoveries

NEW DELHI: With its focussed strategies and effective, coordinated and proactive measures, India is reporting steep increase in recoveries. New recoveries in India have exceeded the new cases for the fifth consecutive day.

89,746 recoveries have been registered in the last 24 hours in the country, whereas the number of new confirmed cases stands at 83,347.

Centre asks 10 key states to implement targeted Covid 19 communication campaign

MUMBAI: The Centre has asked 10 key states contributing 76% of all reported Covid -19 cases to implement targeted public communication campaign at the grass root level to encourage ‘Covid appropriate behaviour’ among the people in the worst affected districts. These 10 states are Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Tamilnadu, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Kerala, Telangana and Delhi which have maximum number of active cases. Within Maharashtra, Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Nashik, Nagpur, Sangli and Kolhapur have been identified as key districts for intensive Covid communication.

Guidelines for Use and Disposal of Face Mask

NEW DELHI: Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in its guidelines on rational use of personal protective equipment (PPE) has issued specifications and standards to be followed for Personal Protective Equipment including medical mask for use by healthcare workers and other front-line workers. These specifications are available in public domain through the website of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. Government of India has also issued advisory & manual on use of homemade protective cover for face & mouth for use by general public.

Vaccines Being Developed to Combat Coronavirus

NEW DELHI: Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) has informed that it has granted test license permission for manufacture of COVID-19 Vaccine for preclinical test, examination and analysis to the following manufacturers in India:

M/s Serum Institute of India Pvt., Ltd., Pune

Observation of World Blood Donors’ Day

NEW DELHI: World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) was observed on 14th June 2020. The theme of World Blood Donor Day 2020 was “Safe Blood Saves Lives”.

National Blood Transfusion Council (NBTC) issued communications to all State Blood Transfusion Councils (SBTCs) for observance of WBDD 2020 through conduction of blood donation camps and awareness generation activities for promoting the cause of Voluntary Blood Donation (VBD) through a multi-media approach and in partnership with all stakeholders; while maintaining compliance to the social distancing and other norms as per the COVID-19 advisories issued from time to time.

Punjab Government Caps COVID-19 Tests Rates for Private labs

CHANDIGARH: To encourage people for corona testing and to check profiteering by private laboratory, the Punjab Government has capped COVID-19 tests rates for private labs. The laboratories are also instructed to display rates in visible manner.

Giving details in press communique, the Health Minister Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu said that the State Government, in exercise of the powers bestowed under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 (COVID-19 Regulations 2020) directed that no private laboratory should charge any amount more than Rs. 1600 for RT-PCR test for COVID-19, inclusive of GST/Taxes, documentation and reporting.

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