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Past articles by Abantika:

Loss of smell, taste added to list of Covid-19 symptoms: Health Ministry

Apex health bodies across the world, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have in the last couple of months included loss of smell among the list of COVID symptoms. → Read More

One month into lockdown, less than 1% were exposed: ICMR antibodies survey

“This shows that the lockdown has been successful,” ICMR chief Dr Balram Bhargava said while presenting the results Thursday. The second phase of the survey is being carried out in containment zones. → Read More

Delhi last week: Every fourth sample positive, officials blame ‘laxity’

Of the more than 23,500 cases in the city, as many as 10,228 — 43.34 per cent — have emerged in the last 10 days. → Read More

Unlockdown SOPs: 50% seats in restaurants, food courts in malls

Apart from the mandatory use of masks, thermal screening, social distancing and sanitisation, the SOPs require people above 65 years of age, those with comorbidities, pregnant woman, and children below the age of 10 years, to stay at home. → Read More

WHO restarts HCQ trial after Lancet concern over paper that trashed it

In a statement, The Lancet said that “important scientific questions” were raised about data in the paper authored by cardiologist Mandeep Mehra, Desai and Zurich cardiologist Frank Ruschitzka. It said an independent audit has been commissioned. → Read More

Covid case count nears 2-lakh mark, ICMR says ‘far away from peak’

“We are very far away from the peak. Our preventive measures have been very effective. We are in a much better position vis-a-vis other countries and you will see the data soon,” Dr Gupta said. → Read More

Sittings in Central Hall or online? Venkaiah, Birla discuss how to hold Monsoon Session

Naidu and Birla held a detailed discussion on Monday on the options and modalities for the Monsoon Session. → Read More

Oxford University continues HCQ trial

The RECOVERY trial is currently the largest randomised controlled trial of HCQ for Covid-19. → Read More

Guards, vegetable vendors in ICMR list of frontline workers who need testing

Symptomatic healthcare workers were eligible for testing from the very start, but inclusion of other frontline workers was the big takeaway of the last testing strategy revision. → Read More

Revise price for COVID-19 testing, ICMR tells states

The current price cap for testing samples for the novel coronavirus disease in the private sector is Rs 4,500. This was fixed in March. → Read More

Norms for foreign arrivals: 14-day quarantine, Aarogya Setu app

The guidelines do not mention mandatory quarantine unlike for international travellers—they say states can develop their own protocol on quarantine and isolation as per their assessment. → Read More

Large remdesivir clinical trial in US shows new promise

‘Preliminary results of the trial suggest a 10-day course of remdesivir was superior to placebo in the treatment of hospitalised patients...’ → Read More

HCQ may harm Covid patients: Lancet study

The study’s authors say that these drug regimens should not be used to treat Covid-19 outside of clinical trials, and that urgent confirmation from randomised clinical trials is needed. → Read More

Only four of 5,630 random samples positive in Kerala; India tests a lakh in a day

The results of Kerala’s random testing came on a day India’s novel coronavirus count crossed the one-lakh mark, and a day after a record 1,08,233 samples were tested across the country. So far, 24,25,742 samples have been tested. → Read More

Wary of lifting lockdown, states ask Centre for more authority in categorising zones

In the fifth meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, chief ministers of at least four states — Maharashtra, Punjab, Telangana and West Bengal — were of the view that the lockdown which came into effect on March 25, should be extended. → Read More

A week into relaxed lockdown, Centre stays on course to open

As cases rise, govt revises norms, from treatment to labour laws → Read More

No testing for mild, moderate cases prior to discharge: Health Ministry

Moderate cases have been categorised as those whose symptoms resolve within 3 days and maintains saturation above 95% for the next 4 days. → Read More

194 deaths in a day, infections surge to a new high, but still doubling in 12 days, says govt

While the daily case count has remained over 2,000 since May 2 — it was 2,573 (83 deaths) on May 4; 2,487 (73 deaths) on May 3; and 2,411 (71 deaths) on May 2 — the last 24 hours have seen a sharp spike. → Read More

Migrant trains: Paying 85%, says Centre as Sonia tells Cong to pick up tab

Sources in the Railways said that there was no move to revise the guidelines or Standard Operating Procedure issued on Saturday vis-à-vis fares, and that the Railways would continue to charge states, at whose request these trains were being run, for tickets. → Read More

Rail coaches to be COVID hospitals for Tier II and III cities, villages

While 5,150 train coaches (non-AC) have already been converted into “isolation centres”, the NITI Aayog has proposed that some of these should be upgraded to hospitals, with oxygen, ICU and ventilator facilities. → Read More